Different health care interventions have different costs and consequences. The aim of an economic evaluation of health care interventions and organisation is to set out the options available to purchasers and providers of health care in ways that are explicit and accessible. In the field of palliative care, economic evaluation is still relatively new and underdeveloped. Economic theory provides a good basis for evaluating palliative day care services in different ways from other forms of evaluation, and for answering different kinds of questions. There has been almost no economic evaluation of palliative day care in the UK and the economic studies of other forms of palliative care are mostly undertaken poorly and with little understanding of the purpose of economic evaluation of health care. Research is now underway which is developing these methods of economic evaluation in palliative day care settings.
Keywords: palliative care; health services; costs; economic evaluation; United Kingdom
Chapter. 7747 words.
Subjects: Palliative Medicine
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