Health economic evaluations based on routine data in Germany: a systematic review.

TitleHealth economic evaluations based on routine data in Germany: a systematic review.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsGansen FM
JournalBMC health services research
Date Published2018 Apr 10
KeywordsAdvisory Committees; Checklist; Cost-benefit analysis; Delivery of health Care; Economics, Medical; Germany; Health Services Research; Humans
AbstractBACKGROUND: Improved data access and funding for health services research have promoted the application of routine data to measure costs and effects of interventions within the German health care system. Following the trend towards real world evidence, this review aims to evaluate the status and quality of health economic evaluations based on routine data in Germany. METHODS: To identify relevant economic evaluations, a systematic literature search in the databases PubMed and EMBASE was complemented by a manual search. The included studies had to be full economic evaluations using German routine data to measure either costs, effects, or both. Study characteristics were assessed with a structured template. Additionally, the Consolidated Health Economic Evaluation Reporting Standards (CHEERS) were used to measure quality of reporting. RESULTS: In total, 912 records were identified and 35 studies were included in the further analysis. The majority of these studies was published in the past 5 years (n = 27, 77.1%) and used insurance claims data as a source of routine data (n = 30, 85.7%). The most common method used for handling selection bias was propensity score matching. With regard to the reporting quality, 42.9% (n = 15) of the studies satisfied at least 80% of the criteria on the CHEERS checklist. CONCLUSIONS: This review confirms that routine data has become an increasingly common data source for health economic evaluations in Germany. While most studies addressed the application of routine data, this analysis reveals deficits in considering methodological particularities and in reporting quality of economic evaluations based on routine data. Nevertheless, this review demonstrates the overall potential of routine data for economic evaluations.
Alternate JournalBMC Health Serv Res