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. 2015 Apr;26(2):197-205, viii.
doi: 10.1016/j.nec.2014.11.003. Epub 2014 Nov 6.

Economics, Innovation, and Quality Improvement in Neurosurgery

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Economics, Innovation, and Quality Improvement in Neurosurgery

Christopher D Witiw et al. Neurosurg Clin N Am. .

Abstract

Innovation to improve patient care quality is a priority of the neurosurgical specialty since its beginnings. As the strain on health care resources increases, the cost of these quality improvements is becoming increasingly important. The aims of this article are to review the available tools for assessing the cost of quality improvement along with the willingness to pay and to provide a conceptual framework for the assessment of innovations in terms of quality and economic metrics and provide examples from the neurosurgical literature.

Keywords: Cost effectiveness; Cost utility; Economics; Innovation; Neurosurgery; Quality improvement; Willingness to pay.

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