UC Davis physician and health policy expert Joy Melnikow has been appointed to the panel of the California Technology Assessment Forum of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, a nonprofit organization that evaluates evidence and makes recommendations to help patients, clinicians, insurers and policymakers interpret and use evidence to improve the quality and value of health care.
Panel members are chosen for their expertise in reviewing and applying medical evidence. They represent a range of backgrounds, perspectives and disciplines, including medical ethics, outcomes research, methodology, technology assessment, patient advocacy and engagement, and clinical practice.
Melnikow is director of the UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy and Research and a professor of family and community medicine at UC Davis Health System, where she also leads a postdoctoral training program on quality, safety and comparative-effectiveness research methods. Her research focuses on cancer screening and prevention in women, cost-effectiveness and value in health care, and how evidence is used to formulate health policy. She also served as a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and California’s Let's Get Healthy California Task Force.
More information about the CTAF is at http://ctaf.org/about-ctaf.
More information about UC Davis Health System, including its Department of Family and Community Medicine and Center for Healthcare Policy and Research, is at www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu.