Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty

A Literature Review and Ratings of Appropriateness and Necessity

by Lee H. Hilborne, Lucian L. Leape, James P. Kahan, Rolla Edward Park, Caren Kamberg, Robert H. Brook


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This report summarizes information on percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) contained in research published between 1982 and October 1990. In particular, it deals with research on the efficacy, complications, costs, utilization, and indications for PTCA. The report includes a comprehensive set of indications for performing this procedure, and ratings of the appropriateness and necessity for each indication.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation joint report health series. The joint report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1988 to 1993 that included documents published jointly with other organizations, which transmitted major research findings and final research.

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