Bryant, Jackie, Brodin, H,, Loveman, E,, Payne, E. and Clegg, A.
The clinical and cost-effectiveness of implantable cardioverter defibrillators: a systematic review
Health Technology Assessment, 9, (36), . (doi:10.3310/hta9360). (PMID:16153353).
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The use of ICDs in the UK is increasing, but the technology is still under-utilised compared with other developed countries. Extending the current indications to patients with prior myocardial infarction and depressed heart function would impact on costs and service provision. Further research is needed on the risk stratification of patients in whom ICDs are most likely to be clinically and cost-effective. An evaluation of shock frequency on QoL is also required.
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