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Shen C, Tina Shih YC
Therapeutic substitutions in the midst of new technology diffusion: the case of treatment for localized prostate cancer.
The authors studied the impact of the fast diffusion of robotic surgical systems on the overall treatment pattern of localized prostate cancer. They found that the density of robotic systems at state-level had a significantly positive impact on the rate of surgery and a significantly negative impact on the rate of radiation therapy. They concluded that part of the increase in the rate of surgery was driven by substitution across treatment types with a large proportion originating from the younger population.
AHRQ-funded; HS018535; HS020263.
Citation: Shen C, Tina Shih YC . Therapeutic substitutions in the midst of new technology diffusion: the case of treatment for localized prostate cancer. Soc Sci Med 2016 Feb;151:110-20. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.01.016.
Keywords: Healthcare Costs, Innovations and Emerging Issues, Cancer: Prostate Cancer, Surgery, Value