Identifying potential health care innovations for the future elderly.

Paul G. Shekelle, Eduardo Ortiz, Sydne J. Newberry, Michael W. Rich, Shannon L. Rhodes, Robert H. Brook, Dana P. Goldman

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We used a method that combined literature review and expertjudgment to assess potential medical innovations for older adults. We evaluated innovations in four domains: cardiovascular disease, cancer, the biology of aging, and neurologic disease. The innovations can be categorized by common themes: improved disease prevention, better detection of subclinical or early clinical disease, and treatments for established disease. We report the likelihood, potential impact, and potential cost implications for thirty-four innovations, and we revisit this forecast five years later. Many of the innovations have the potential to greatly affect the costs and outcomes of health care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalHealth Affairs
Volume24 Suppl 2
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Health Policy

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Shekelle, P. G., Ortiz, E., Newberry, S. J., Rich, M. W., Rhodes, S. L., Brook, R. H., & Goldman, D. P. (2005). Identifying potential health care innovations for the future elderly. Health Affairs, 24 Suppl 2.