National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR)
Health Economics Information Resources: A Self-Study Course
Module 3: Identification and Retrieval of Published Health Economic Evaluation Studies
Retrieving economic evaluation studies from MEDLINE
MEDLINE is an important source of citations for economic evaluation studies; however, when retrieving citations please keep this consideration in mind.
MeSH uses the broader terms 'cost-benefit analysis' and 'costs and cost analysis' to index ALL types of economic evaluation studies - not just cost-benefit studies - and does not differentiate between the different types of economic evaluation methodologies.
For retrieval purposes, one should be aware of MeSH terms and indexing policies and consider using free text terms when trying to narrow retrieval to specific economic evaluation methodologies; e.g., cost-minimization. Be also aware of British spellings of terms, e.g., cost-minimisation.
The following is the relevant portion of the MeSH tree for economic evaluation. Use these terms in formulating your searches.Economics
Costs and cost analysis