Cost-effectiveness of stress echocardiography for assessment of coronary artery disease: what we know and what we need to know.
Eur J Echocardiogr | Published : 2000
AIMS: This review explores the balance between the incremental data supplied by stress echocardiography and its cost. This technique is now established as an accurate tool for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease and myocardial viability, but the current medical-economic environment mandates careful consideration of the impact of the results on patient outcomes. METHODS AND RESULTS: The tools for assessment of cost and efficiency are reviewed. Two considerations are explored for controlling costs; avoidance of testing in those who will derive limited incremental data, and appropriate selection of stress echocardiography rather than other stress techniques. The balance between diagnostic ..View full abstract