Methods for the Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programmes

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Oxford University Press, 2005 - Medical - 379 pages
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The highly successful textbook Methods for the Economic Evaluation of Health Care is now available in its third edition. Over the years it has become the standard textbook in the field world-wide. It mirrors the huge expansion of the field of economic evaluation in health care.

This new edition builds on the strengths of previous editions being clearly written in a style accessible to a wide readership. Key methodological principles are outlined using a critical appraisal checklist that can be applied to any published study. The methodological features of the basic forms of analysis are then explained in more detail with special emphasis of the latest views on productivity costs, the characterization of uncertainty and the concept of net benefit. The book has been greatly revised and expanded especially concerning analyzing patient-level data and decision-analytic modeling. There is discussion of new methodological approaches, including cost effectiveness acceptability curves, net benefit regression, probalistic sensitivity analysis and value of information analysis. There is an expanded chapter on the use of economic evaluation, including discussion of the use of cost-effectiveness thresholds, equity considerations and the transferability of economic data.

This new edition is required for anyone commissioning, undertaking or using economic evaluations in health care, and will be popular with health service professionals, health economists, pharmacists and health care decision makers. It is especially relevant for those taking pharmacoeconomics courses.
 

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Contents

How to use this book
1
Basic types of economic evaluation
7
Critical assessment of economic evaluation
27
Cost analysis
55
Costeffectiveness analysis
103
Costutility analysis
137
Costbenefit analysis
211
Economic evaluation using patientlevel data
247
Economic evaluation using decision analytic modelling
277
Presentation and use of economic evaluation results
323
How to take matters further
365
Subject Index
375
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Michael F. Drummond, Professor and Director, Centre for Health Economics, University of York, U.K. Mark J. Sculpher, Professor, Centre for Health Economics, University of York, U.K. George W. Torrance, Professor Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, Centre for Evaluation of Medicines, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada. Bernie J. O'Brien (deceased), Director, Programme for Technology Assessment in Health, Professor, Centre for Evaluation of Medicines, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada. Greg L. Stoddart, Professor, Centre for Health Economics and Policy analysis, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada and Fellow, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

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