Appraisal of: Shannon M. Sullivan, Kate Tsiplova & Wendy J. Ungar. A scoping review of pediatric economic evaluation 1980-2014: do trends over time reflect changing priorities in evaluation methods and childhood disease? Expert Rev Pharmacoecon Outcomes R

Short description: 

This is a scoping review of the volume, economic analytic techniques and therapeutic areas encompassed by the pediatric economic evaluation studies published between 1980 and 2014.  The review uses records from the Paediatric Economic Database Evaluation (PEDE) database of pediatric economic evaluations to explore trends in analytical techniques, target age groups, interventions, outcomes and disease classifications. The paper describes the eligibility criteria for PEDE. PEDE is populated through searches of  MEDLINE, CINAHL, EMBASE, International Pharmaceutical Abstracts (IPA), EconLit, the Cochrane Library, NHS EED and ERIC, as well as searches of over 73 websites of HTA agencies and research groups. PEDE is updated annually.

Limitations stated by the author(s): 

Studies might have been missed for inclusion in PEDE if adolescents were included in adult populations.  Non-English language papers are not eligible unless they have an English abstract.

Limitations stated by the reviewer(s): 
No other limitations were detected by the reviewers.