Peer Review and Technology Assessment in Medicine
The analysis in this report explores the potential role of Professional Standards Review Organizations (PSROs) in medical technology assessment. PSROs represent the only physician peer review institution with several characteristics presumably important both to efficient and widespread dissemination of information pertaining to medical technology assessment and to the promotion of timely changes in medical practice among physicians. Particular attention is given to (1) the "upward" transfer of data and information pertinent to technology assessment and (2) the "downward" dissemination of information to practicing physicians as part of PSROs' sustained efforts to promote change and improvement in medical practice. Several recommendations are presented regarding PSRO involvement in the technology assessment field, including specific proposals as to how some of these recommendations might be initiated and tested.