Rigorous Disease Management Evaluation

Published in: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, Commentary, v. 12, no. 2, Apr. 2006, p. 121-123

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 2005

by Melinda Beeuwkes Buntin

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Since the early 1990s, disease management (DM) has been one of the most heralded - and least rigorously evaluated - developments in health service delivery. The four related articles in this issue, together with the authors' other work, go a long way towards putting DM evaluation on solid statistical ground (Linden 2006; Linden & Adams 2006; Linden et al.2006). They should be read carefully by anyone purchasing or evaluating a DM programme and should raise the bar for evaluations in this area, which are often little more than marketing dressed up as research.

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