This article discusses the RAND/UCLA method for developing guidelines to measure the appropriateness of medical care. The discussion gives the rationale for the method's development, describes the method and its application, and finally, indicates how it could be adapted and expanded to meet the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research's agenda for examining the appropriateness of care for medical conditions.

Originally published in: Methodology Perspectives, AHCPR no. 95-0009, Rockville, Md., Public Health Service, 1994, pp. 59-70.

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