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