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Consensus emerges on need for US agency similar to NICE

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 15 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a817
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

    Speakers at a conference on integrity in science in the United States have urged the creation of a national agency to provide data on the effectiveness of treatments.

    Comparing the effectiveness of various types of therapeutic procedures and not just different drugs was “an elemental building block” and “one of the key ways to learn how to spend smarter and get better clinical outcomes,” said Gail Wilensky, an economist and senior fellow at Project Hope, an international charity that aims to achieve sustainable advances in health care around the world.

    Such an approach will be an important part of any reform of US health care, she told the fourth US conference on national integrity in science in Washington, DC, on 11 July.

    “It is critical that we focus on conditions rather than specific interventions and therapeutics.” Although head to head comparisons of …

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