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Essentials of Economic Evaluation in Healthcare

First edition

Rachel Elliott - Clinical Lecturer, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Manchester and Katherine Payne - Research Fellow in Health Economics, North West Genetics Knowledge Park (Nowgen), Manchester

This book is an introduction to economic evaluation for those with little or no knowledge of economics or health economics. Essentials of Economic Evaluation in Healthcare gives an overview of economic issues specific to healthcare, and describes the main types of economic evaluation: cost effectiveness, cost utility and cost benefit analysis.

The use of decision analysis to design and carry out economic evaluations is discussed. Preferred statistical methods for handling costs, current approaches to dealing with uncertainty and quantifying patient preferences using discrete choice experiments are explained. Each chapter contains worked examples and questions.

With increasing pressure on national healthcare budgets, all healthcare professionals should have a basic understanding of the finite nature of healthcare resources, and the need to make choices between treatments based on a cost-benefit comparison.

This book will be invaluable to pharmacists and pharmacy students as well as to other healthcare professionals, researchers and managers.


Essentials of Economic Evaluation in Healthcare





  • ISBN 978 0 85369 574 5
  • Published Dec 2004
  • Paperback
    234 x 156mm (256pp)

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