The Challenges of Improving Treatments for Depression
(11/30, Pim Cuijpers, PhD, JAMA) comments “...A straightforward approach in the short-term is to develop treatments that are more effective than the current ones in acute phase depression. However, many drugs and psychotherapies have been developed over the past decades, and there is little evidence that one drug or psychotherapy is substantially more effective than the others. It is therefore unlikely that newly developed drugs and therapies will be substantially better than the ones that are currently available.” Full
UK: NICE U-Turn on Opdivo for Skin Cancer Recurrence
(11/30, Selina McKee, PharmaTimes) reports “NHS use of Bristol-Myers Squibb's Opdivo to cut the risk of early stage skin cancer recurrence after surgery has now been approved by [NICE]...Veronique Walsh, general manager, Bristol-Myers Squibb UK & Ireland, said NICE's recommendation ‘represents an important step forward in improving outcomes for melanoma patients by treating them with immunotherapy earlier as the first IO treatment available in the UK.’” Full
NQF Begins Annual Review of Performance Measures for Federal Programs
(11/30, National Quality Forum Press Release) “The National Quality Forum's Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) has begun its annual review of standardized performance measures that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is considering for use in federal programs. The list of measures under consideration is open for an initial public comment period through December 6, 2018, at 6:00 pm ET.” Full
If Patients Are the True North, Patient-Centeredness Should Guide Research
Laura E. Schanberg & C. Daniel Mullins
November 29, 2018, Nature Reviews Rheumatology
Nature Reviews Rheumatology
In Proportion: Approaches for Displaying Patient-reported Outcome Research Study Results as Percentages Responding to Treatment Elliott Tolbert, et al.
November 29, 2018, Quality of Life Research
Budgeting for a Billion: Applying Health Technology Assessment (HTA) for Universal Health Coverage in India
Dabak SV, et al.
November 29, 2018, Health Research Policy and Systems