This latest volume in the Concepts in Neurosurgery series addresses quality and cost in neurological surgery. With increasing emphasis on quality of patient care and cost involved in healthcare, this timely book is sure to be a valuable asset to any neurosurgeon's bookshelf. A sampling of the topics concerning quality deal with strategic planning, team building, quality management tools, clinical pathways, and patient satisfaction surveys. Several topics discussing cost include cost-effectiveness analysis, defining economic efficiency among disease states, theory and practice of standard billing indices, evaluating managed care and capitation contracts, and advancing medical technology in economically trying times
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