Appraisal of: "De Cock E, Cosmatos I, Kirsch E. Use of databases for health resource utilization and cost analyses in EU-5: results from a focused literature review [abstract and poster]. Value Health 2016;19(3):A80-A81"
This conference abstract describes the use of databases to identify health resource utilization (HRU). The authors searched PubMed/MEDLINE and Embase for secondary care, health resources/utilisation, databases, and EU-5 (Great-Britain (GB), France, Germany, Italy, and Spain) published between 2011 and 2015. 146 abstracts were initially retrieved and 48 were eligible with settings in GB, Italy, Germany, France, and Spain. The type of database differed by country. The most frequently listed resource items were inpatient stays, specialist visits and pharmacotherapy. The use of databases depends on each country's health system.
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The available information is limited because this was presented at a conference. The focus was on the EU5 countries and limited to five years, but in the absence of other published studies on the identification of resource use data, the full report is awaited with interest.