Gerber, Alan S., Eric M. Patashnik, David Doherty and Conor Dowling (2010), "The Public Wants Information, Not Board Mandates, From Comparative Effectiveness Research," Health Affairs 29:1872-1881; DOI:10.1377/hlthaff.2010.0655
We conducted two national surveys of public opinion about comparative effectiveness research and the integration of findings from the research into clinical practice. The first survey found broad support for using research results to provide information, but less support for using them to allocate government resources or mandate treatment decisions. In addition, the public is willing to consider the use of financial incentives to encourage patients to choose cheaper treatments, if research demonstrates that they work as well as more expensive ones. The second survey found that support for comparative effectiveness research dropped in response to general debates about its consequences but that arguments against the research could be effectively countered by specific, targeted rebuttals.
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