Accession Number : ADA332430

Title :   Breast Cancer: Treatment, Outcomes, and Cost-Effectiveness

Descriptive Note : Annual rept. 1 Jun 96-31 May 97

Corporate Author : NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH CAMBRIDGE MA

Personal Author(s) : McClellan, Mark B.

PDF Url : ADA332430

Report Date : JUL 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 9

Abstract : Little is known about the relationships between breast cancer treatments, costs, and outcomes across different population groups, health care delivery settings, and geographic areas. As a result of this uncertainty the cost effectiveness of different patterns of breast cancer prevention and treatment across such groups, appropriate policies for breast cancer are unclear. This research will develop evidence on these issues using a combination of very large, unique databases that integrate longitudinal information on individual treatments, costs, and outcomes and that have been linked to supplementary datasets with far more clinical detail. We will characterize variations and trends across different demographic and socioeconomic groups in all phases of breast cancer screening and treatment. We will investigate variations and trends for different measures of inpatient and outpatient costs, and different measures of patient outcomes. The resulting empirical cost-effectiveness estimates of alternative approaches to breast cancer treatment can be used to evaluate technologies used for breast cancer treatment and to guide policies affecting breast cancer management.

Descriptors :   *BREAST CANCER, COST EFFECTIVENESS, DEMOGRAPHY, GEOGRAPHIC AREAS, PREVENTION, MAMMARY GLANDS.

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE