Letters

Diagnostics is not Cinderella of health technology assessment

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7537.364-c (Published 09 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:364
  1. John Gabbay, professor emeritus (jg3@soton.ac.uk)1,
  2. Tom Walley, professor of clinical pharmacology2
  1. 1 Wessex Institute for Health Research and Development, University of Southampton SO16 7PX
  2. 2 Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3GF

    EDITOR—Furness makes an important point about the lack of emphasis on diagnostics but ironically has the wrong diagnosis.1 As we tried to make clear in our editorial, 2 there is a long chain from health technology assessment (the scientific summation of evidence about effectiveness) through appraisal (the policy related judgments that the National Institute …

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