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Table 4 Criteria by which to judge priority setting efforts

From: Priority setting in health care: Lessons from the experiences of eight countries

(1) Public input and discussion

solicit public input in order to inform health professionals and policy makers about the beliefs, opinions, and preferences of the public. promote a public discussion which aims to educate the public about the need for and options for setting priorities

(2) Appropriate principles

establish a coherent, specific and action guiding set of publicly acceptable principles on which to base priorities, including a practically useful and balanced method for incorporating cost into the prioritization process

(3) Effect on policy and practice

exhibit a sustained effect on the policy and practice of health care priority setting, including through the establishment of an iterative process for review, evaluation, and reconsideration of priority setting determinations