[abstract] HBO2 TECHNOLOGY: AN OVERVIEW OF ITS DIFFUSION AND ASSESSMENT.

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[abstract] HBO2 TECHNOLOGY: AN OVERVIEW OF ITS DIFFUSION AND ASSESSMENT.

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Title: [abstract] HBO2 TECHNOLOGY: AN OVERVIEW OF ITS DIFFUSION AND ASSESSMENT.
Author: Guo, S; Counte, MA; Romeis, JC
Abstract: Introduction: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO2T) is a medical technology that has been used to address various medical problems. Although only 13 indications have gained the recognition of the medical community and insurance payers, there are still many diseases, such as cerebral palsy and stroke, which are on the verge of becoming new indications for HBO2T. Once scientific evidence is sufficient to support insurance reimbursement for HBO2T, there will likely be important benefits for patients and the health care delivery system. The purpose of this paper is to overview and analyze the diffusion of HBO2T. Then we identify areas that need assessment which in turn can facilitate its future diffusion. Methods: Four essential elements, the innovation, communication channel, time, and social system, in Rogers's framework of the diffusion of innovations were used to review the diffusion of HBO2T. Results: Based on our assessment of its diffusion worldwide over the past 50 years, HBO2T has been slowly adopted by its potential users. Major reasons include: 1) the lack of convincing evidence showing its relative advantages over other alternatives; 2) its incompatibility with the existing values and past experiences of the medical community; 3) a longer time period to observe its therapeutic effects for non-acute indications; 4) the inadequacy of effective communication channels to disseminate HBO2T and 5) the incapability of arousing the awareness of HBO2T's potential adopters and demonstrating its cost-saving ability to payers. Conclusions: Our analysis suggests that an in depth CEA/CBA analysis of potential applications of HBO2T and physician receptivity to HBO2T are very important research areas whose results may help speed its future diffusion. The establishment of more effective communication channels is also important to its increased diffusion.
Description: Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. (http://www.uhms.org )
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/994
Date: 2001

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