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The LBI-HTA is an acadmic non-profit institute and belongs to the Ludwig Boltzmann Society. At our website we wish to present our research and give support for health care decision-making. Here all of our reports are available for free. For further information please contact the LBI-HTA team.
The intention of the present MRI report, part 3, is to identify methods for the identification of inappropriate care. In addition, relations between MRI of lower extremities and subsequent (surgical) interventions are evaluated.
In total, we were able to identify 8 methodological approaches to detect in-appropriate care. All methods have certain strengths and weaknesses. The analysis of the relations of MRI to subsequent interventions showed that more knee replacements were in OECD in countries with higher MRI utilization rates. Finally, we were able to identify a series of refunding policies that could exert an influence on MRI utilization.
Publication: LBI-HTA Project report No. 80c: http://eprints.hta.lbg.ac.at/1159/
Contact: Robert Emprechtinger
Echocardiography: Guideline recommendations and options to identify inappropriate use as well as rate of use in Austria.
Aim of the report at hand is to describe the use of echocardiography in Austria and set it into context with the international literature on the appropriateness of echocardiography.
Repeated echocardiographic exams within one year are often related to inappropriate use. Some districts had notable differences in the ratio of over-all exams to repeated exams. With an increase in the number of overall exams there is a tendency for a higher percentage of repeated exams, especially for regions with very high rates of the use of echocardiography. Since the aim is to improve medical care, a discussion with the stakeholders should be conducted.
Publication: LBI-HTA Project report No. 98: http://eprints.hta.lbg.ac.at/1158/
Contact: Robert Emprechtinger
Part I: Predictors, theories and models to explain and recommend courses of action to avoid discontinuation of therapy
Part II: "Overview of Reviews" on dropouts in psychotherapy
The project dealt in two parts with dropouts in psychotherapies. The first part of the report focused on definitions, parameters for describing psychotherapy dropouts and explanatory models. In addition, dropout predictors were identified at a meta-level, which were further empirically recorded in the second report part by an "Overview of systematic reviews". In this context, evidence synthesis (including 14 systematic reviews/meta-analyses) showed that a (young) age of psychotherapy patients and certain mental disorders (such as personality disorders) can represent relevant risk factors for an unplanned termination of psychotherapy. Dropout predictors, which are more likely to be attributed to psychotherapists, are currently only partially researched. With regard to suitable prevention strategies, eight measures were proposed in the report which, among other things, aimed at organisational aspects (e.g. clarification of therapy goals, possibilities and limits of psychotherapy) and interpersonal factors (e.g. strengthening the therapeutic alliance between patient and psychotherapist).
Publication: LBI-HTA Project report No. 100: http://eprints.hta.lbg.ac.at/1157/
Contact: Roman Winkler
We are pleased to introduce our two new HSO reports.
Tuesday, May 29th 2018, 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Gesellschaft der Ärzte
Frankgasse 8, 1090 Vienna
By invitation only
Philosophical Dialogue on 'Individual vs. collective benefit: Can the greatest possible benefit be calculated? Can the individual understand collective benefits?'
This Information is available in German only.