The literature review was conducted by a direct search of the MEDLINE database (citations of peer-reviewed journal literature), the primary bibliographic database maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
To identify pertinent articles, we applied selected Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) terms as shown in the table below. We excluded articles written prior to 1996 to avoid overlap with those articles cited in the IOM report. The search emphasized clinical encounters and consultations in telemedicine, as opposed to such areas as teleradiology, telepathology, and reviews of specific technologies or equipment.
The citations provided in the reference section of this document represent the selected list of pertinent articles chosen from the initial larger set of articles resulting from the literature search.
|Database Type||Database Name||Years||MeSH|
AND Cost-benefit Analysis
AND Evaluation Studies
AND Cost-benefit analysis
AND Evaluation studies
|** All NLM searches were bounded by the subheadings: economics, education, legislation and jurisprudence, organization and administration, standards and statistics and numerical data.|