oa South African Family Practice - Clinical efficacy, efficiency and outcomes : review article

Volume 46, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



Extracted from text ... Introduction The success of change will depend upon explicit clarification at the outset and/or vision of the expected outcome(s). The success of effective change is dependent on co-operation of all stakeholders. According to Davies, 'change from within is invariably more successful than that which is imposed or initiated from outside'. 1 The aim of this article is to clarify the meaning of clinical 'efficacy', 'effectiveness' and 'outcomes'. Efficacy and effectiveness of clinical treatment 'Efficacy and effectiveness are terms used for describing how well a treatment achieves its desired outcome'. 2 Efficacy refers to how well a treatment performs in an ..

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