Use of the S. pneumoniae vaccine in young adults would provide modest reductions in pneumonia-associated morbidity and mortality. Vaccination of young adults is moderately expensive unless vaccine efficacy is above 50% to 60%. In 35-year-old adults, use of the vaccine is cost-effective even with moderate efficacy.
Physicians' recommendations can lead people to make decisions that go against what is best and against what they would otherwise prefer. Physicians must take care in making recommendations and should incorporate patient preferences into their recommendations.
Swiss physicians appear to be more concerned about equal allocation of health services than about maximizing health in society, and they prefer physicians to be in charge of rationing decisions.
Thalassemias are pathologies that derive from genetic defects of the globin genes. The most common defects among the population affect the genes that are involved in the synthesis of alpha and beta chains. The main aspects of these pathologies are well explained from a biochemical and genetic point of view. The diagnosis is fundamentally based on h...
Modeling the public health response to bioterrorism: using discrete event simulation to design antibiotic distribution c...
Discrete event simulation modeling is a useful tool in developing the public health infrastructure for bioterrorism response. Live exercises to validate the assumptions and outcomes presented here may improve preparedness to respond to bioterrorism.
Discrepancies between chained and classic utilities induced by anchoring with occasional adjustments.
Decision analyses that use a mix of classic and chained utilities are not on firm ground. One should be wary of normative interpretations of new value assessment procedures. Alternative interpretations of the findings are discussed.