Orthopaedic Ethics 1: VALUE

Health care expenses in the United States are growing at an unsustainable rate. Achieving value in health care is recognizing that the utilization of health care resources in patient care needs to have demonstrable short and long term benefits as measured by quality of life. Achieving value may actually require an increased short term expenditure to gain long term health benefits and to restore the individual as a productive member of society. Failure to monitor our expenditures can ultimately threaten the successful delivery of health care to the vast majority of Americans.

Module content created by
Paul Levin, MD of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Learning Objectives:

Define “value” 
Understand the ethical imperative of controlling health care spending
Learn the principles of evidence-based medicine (EBM) and shared decision making
Learn strategies to control cost and deliver quality care
Gain an understanding of the balance between patient autonomy and appropriate clinical decision making 

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This activity was orginally created on: May 29, 2014
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