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Quotation of the Day

Common decency counts. Showing up on time and giving respect is key when you’re the CEO. Bob Lefsetz in “Yahoo Lessons” at The Big Picture

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Discrete Choice Experiments: Best Practices

What is the difference between a conjoint analysis and a discrete choice experiement? ISPOR’s guidelines provide some information. “Conjoint analysis” is a broad term that can be used to describe a range of stated-preference methods that have respondents rate, rank, or choose from among a set of experimentally controlled profiles consisting of multiple attributes with varying […]

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Measuring Quality in Cancer Care

Identifying high-quality, cancer care is a laudable goal.  However, a recent article by Alvarnas (2016) says the way many are trying to measure quality of cancer care currently is inadequate.  Specifically: Quality and value are multidimensional, but the narrow focus of many quality measures undermines their effectiveness and meaningfulness. (Porter 2010) Quality and value measures are all […]

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CRISPR as a diagnostic?

Innovation can occur various ways.  Consider the rapidly evolving area of clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) Zika, meet CRISPR. …researchers have incorporated the gene-editing system CRISPR into a diagnostic test — one that can differentiate between two strains of the Zika virus. CRISPR has been hailed for its potential to fix mutations that cause disease. […]

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Quotation of the Day

“Science is what we have learned about how to keep from fooling ourselves.” ― Richard Feynman

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Quotation of the Day

Doubt grows with knowledge. J.W. von Goethe The comprehension of truth calls for higher powers than the defence of error. J.W. von Goethe

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Improving DCE Response Rates

Non-response bias is a key problem when conducting any type of survey, including surveys that use a discrete choice experiment (DCE) methodology.  Non-response bias occurs when sampled individuals who respond to the survey differ from those who do not respond in ways that would affect the survey response.  For instance, assume that in the real-world, half of […]

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Mid-week Links

Can computers learn intuition? Antibiotic resistance. How does cancer drug resistance work? Light therapy and cancer treatment. College football is for amateurs? Value assessment frameworks.

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How to improve measures of “value”

Organizations such as the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), Memorial Sloan Kettering and the American Society of Clinical Oncology all have begun producing value frameworks to determine if the value of new drugs are worth the cost.  An interesting Forbes Op-Ed by Anupam Jena and Tomas Philipson in Forbes examines whether these organizations are looking […]

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How does England’s NHS pay for hospital stays?

They use a system similar to the American DRG system.  A paper by Pananicolas and McGuire (2015) report: …the English NHS introduced case-based payment system in 2003/4, where they linked individual case groupings – or Health Related Groups (HRGs)4– to specific reimbursement rates derived from treatment costs. This case-based payment system is essentially a form […]

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