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Understanding and Using the Economic Evidence

Stephanie Zaza, Peter A. Briss and Kate W. Harris

in The Guide to Community Preventive Services

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780195151091
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151091.003.0011
 Understanding and Using the Economic Evidence

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This chapter addresses the rationale and value of systematic reviews of economic evaluations, describes the methods used by the Community Guide to conduct such reviews, and provides information to help decision makers interpret review findings. Economic evaluations provide explicit descriptions of the costs and consequences of different courses of action in public health. They also provide a framework for thinking about costs, benefits, and the structure of the decision. Systematic reviews of economic evaluations summarize a body of economic evidence, adjusting economic data to facilitate study comparisons, raising awareness of the limitations and applicability of the evidence, and guiding a research agenda for future economic evaluations of public health prevention programs.

Keywords: Community Guide; community health; economic evaluations; costs; benefits

Chapter.  5977 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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