Health economic evaluations: how to find them.

TitleHealth economic evaluations: how to find them.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsAlton V, Eckerlund I, Norlund A
JournalInternational journal of technology assessment in health care
Date Published2006 Fall
KeywordsCost-benefit analysis; Databases, Bibliographic; Delivery of health Care; Evaluation Studies as Topic; Humans; Information Storage and Retrieval; Medical Subject Headings; PubMed; Review Literature as Topic; Technology Assessment, Biomedical
AbstractOBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to demonstrate the best way of identifying all relevant published health economic evaluation studies, which have increased in number rapidly in the past few decades. Nevertheless, health technology assessment projects are often faced with a scarcity of relevant studies. METHODS: Six bibliographic databases were searched using various individually adapted strategies. The particular example involves the cost-effectiveness of diagnosing gastroesophageal reflux disease. Inclusion and exclusion criteria were formulated. RESULTS: After irrelevant studies and duplicates had been excluded, sixty-eight abstracts were reviewed. We chose forty-one of them as relevant for full-text review, which identified fourteen papers as having met the inclusion criteria. Most of the relevant studies were identified by searching the National Health Service Economic Evaluation Database (NHS EED) and PubMed databases. CONCLUSIONS: A search in NHS EED, by means of the Cochrane Library or the Center for Reviews and Dissimination, along with a supplementary search in PubMed, is generally an appropriate, cost-effective strategy. However, because "cost-effectiveness" is not consistently indexed with Medical Subject Heading terms in PubMed, all economic search terms need to be used to fully identify the relevant references.
Alternate JournalInt J Technol Assess Health Care