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Health Economics Information Resources: A Self-Study Course

Module 1, Part 2: Key Information Sources

Journals

Articles reporting applied or methodological work relevant to health economics appear in a broad spectrum of peer-reviewed journals ranging from general medical to applied economics publications

Health economics journals (discipline-based)

These journals investigate all aspects of health economics such as the theory and methods of economic analyses and health policy.

Examples of discipline-based journals include:

Economics journals

Pure economics journals investigate economic theory, methods and application. Two sites provide a list of economics journals.

WebEc (World Wide Web Resources in Economics)
  • A-Z listing
  • also organized by applied categories; e.g., Health & Welfare
EconBase (Elsevier)
  • 79 economics journal titles that are indexed in EconBase
  • has an email alerting service that you can sign up for to receive updates on topics of your choice
  • provides free online searching of the journals citation database

Health services research and health policy journals

Health services research and health policy journals also cover the methods and application of economic analyses and health policy.

The following is a list of journals within health services research that are particularly relevant to health economics and health policy with links to their publishers.

Medical journals

General medical journals

General medical journals, such as, for example, the British Medical Journal, JAMA, NEJM, and Annals of Internal Medicine publish studies relating to economic factors affecting all aspects of health and health care on a regular basis. Articles also apply economic analyses in research. These journals report and provide comment on national and international health policy issues. Often articles are slanted to the study of health economics in a particular country such as England or the United States.

Specialist medical journals

Specialist journals such as the American Journal of Gastroenterology or Journal of the American Geriatric Society tend to publish studies relating to economic factors affecting the delivery of health care within the specialty or on the application of economic analyses within the specialty.

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