Newer Does Not Necessarily Mean Better

  • David J. SamsonEmail author
  • Rifat Latifi


One of the most important reasons for hospital transformation and modernization has been research and technological advances. However, in research on policy diffusion, the belief that new ideas should always be adopted has been referred to as pro-innovation bias. This belief is widespread in health care and certainly applies to medical technologies introduced into practice in hospitals. Given that medical technology is the main driver of health-care costs, hospital administrators and clinicians would be prudent to challenge this belief when making decisions about whether to acquire new technology or to encourage use of new interventions.


Systematic reviews Evidence-based medicine Grading strength of evidence Pro-innovation bias Superiority Inferiority Equivalence Noninferiority 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryWestchester Medical CenterValhallaUSA
  2. 2.New York Medical CollegeSchool of Medicine, Department of Surgery and Westchester Medical CenterValhallaUSA

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