| 2004S-0170 - Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, Section 1013: Suggest Priority Topics for Research|
|FDA Comment Number :||EC12|
|Submitter :||Mr. Stewart Ferry||Date & Time:||05/11/2004 06:05:33|
|Organization :||California Neuroalliance|
| Health outcomes research should consider the full range of health care interventions and evaluate total health care costs or savings over the length of a treatment horizon, not just the costs of specific treatments.
Patients have unique medical needs that are not reflected in population-level research. Government health outcomes research should be just one tool to inform doctor-patient decision-making. Clinical judgment and patient choice, within the bounds of acceptable medical practice, must always be the overriding force in decisions about individual care.