Appraisal of: "Gansen FM. Health economic evaluations based on routine data in Germany: a systematic review. BMC Health Serv Res 2018 Apr 10;18(1):268."

Short description: 

This paper investigates health economists’ use of routine data (routine data being defined as “electronically documented information which is generated in the process of administration, provision of services or reimbursement”) by reviewing practice reported in 35 economic evaluations.  In the studies routine data were typically obtained from health insurance funds or other reimbursement data sources rather than from  bibliographic databases. In future, economists may increasingly need to include data from non-traditional bibliographic sources.

 

Limitations stated by the author(s): 

Appraisal of the studies’ quality was restricted to quality of reporting. The authors of studies included in the review did not specify that their studies were economic evaluations.  The review authors categorised the studies as economic evaluations for the purpose of the review.

Limitations stated by the reviewer(s): 
The review does not provide information on how to identify health insurance funds or their databases, nor how to search or query those resources. The study was undertaken from the perspective of Germany, and may not be generalisable to other countries.
Study Type: 
Review