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Slide Presentation of the 2007 Annual Meeting of AHRQ

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Post-only Evaluations of Several Drug Cost-Containment Policies on Medication Use and Health Outcomes

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  • Conclusions: Mixed effects on outcomes and costs
  • Design: Post-policy comparisons of several groups (e.g., with and without employer insurance)
    • No data on baseline comparability
    • Statistical adjustment for group differences
  • Problems:
    • Study groups were already different with respect to SES and health status
    • Instrumental variables, propensity scores, etc. can't fully control for bias

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