The use of claims databases for outcomes research: rationale, challenges, and strategies.

@article{Motheral1997TheUO,
  title={The use of claims databases for outcomes research: rationale, challenges, and strategies.},
  author={Brenda R Motheral and Kathleen A Fairman},
  journal={Clinical therapeutics},
  year={1997},
  volume={19 2},
  pages={346-66}
}
Health care payers and policy makers need information about the cost and effectiveness of medical treatments. While randomized controlled trials historically are the primary source of medical information, they are expensive and labor-intensive, and often have limited utility for answering questions about "real-world" patient populations. These problems have led to an increasing reliance on claims database research in making policy decisions about treatment options. However, both researchers and… CONTINUE READING

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