Using the Results of Economic Evaluations of Public Health Interventions: Challenges and Proposals

  • Eric Tchouaket Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO)
  • Astrid Brousselle University of Sherbrooke, Longueuil Campus


Faced with the combined pressures of economic recession and growing healthcare costs, public health administrators recognize the value of using economic arguments to justify public health interventions. Given the expense and the time involved in conducting new cost–benefit studies of an effective intervention, decision-makers regularly speculate on the possibility of using results from studies done in a different context to make a case for the economic benefits of a given intervention. The present paper analyzes the potential for using the results of cost–benefit analyses of public health interventions in other contexts than those in which the studies were done. More specifically, it sheds light on issues of quality and transferability of cost–benefit analyses for public health decision-making.

Author Biographies

Eric Tchouaket, Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO)
Département des sciences infirmières
Campus de Saint-Jérôme
5, rue Saint-Joseph, pièce J-3204
Saint-Jérôme, (Québec) Canada J7Z 0B7
Astrid Brousselle, University of Sherbrooke, Longueuil Campus

Department of Community Health Sciences; Charles LeMoyne Hospital Research Centre; 150 Place Charles LeMoyne, Room 200, P.O. Box 11; Longueuil, Quebec, Canada J4K 0A8