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Over- and Undersupply: Measurable?

DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2016.0414-0418

Over- and Undersupply: Measurable?

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Cathleen Muche-Borowski, Martin Scherer

Keywords: oversupply undersupply definition

Summary: There are efforts to counteract oversupply using recommendations. Existing or thereby resulting undersupply should be taken into consideration. Appropriate and plausible meta-definitions of over- and undersupply cannot necessarily be taken as direct instructions for measurement. On the other hand, there are numerous subject-specific and measurable definitions. They should correspond to the meta-definitions. The extent of over- and undersupply cannot be inferred from supply differences, e.g. regional differences. The extent cannot be measured at population level, but only on the level of the individual patient. For measurement, it is indispensable to know: 1.) which conditions require treatment, 2.) which diagnostic measures are required to detect the condition and 3.) which therapeutic measures are available, and which are the extent and probability of their benefits and harms.


(State: 17.10.2016)

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