The consequences of using a medication reflect both the drug’s immediate effectiveness and the subsequent results of using the medication, such as adverse reactions, the need for further diagnostic evaluations, and the need for additional therapy. A medication’s impact may be favorable or unfavorable. It will be favorable insofar as the treatment is successful and treatment costs decrease. On the other hand, the impact will be unfavorable when a medication is ineffective, has adverse side effects, and treatment costs increase. Some of the effects of a medication may be indeterminate. There may be considerable uncertainty about the precise nature, magnitude, or even the direction of the consequences. Some consequences cannot be anticipated by the researcher and thus remain unmeasured in the study; however, there may be important outcomes that could change conclusions about the use of the medication. The previous chapter addressed some economic consequences during the description of the evaluation of costs. This chapter elaborates by focusing on the evaluation of the health consequences of a medication.
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