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Health Economics Information Resources: A Self-Study Course

Module 3: Identification and Retrieval of Published Health Economic Evaluation Studies

Module 3 summary

  • An economic analysis must meet strict definition criteria in order to be described as a full economic evaluation
  • A significant number of published studies which profess to be economic evaluations do not meet this definition
  • There is significant variability in the quality of health economic evaluations
  • Value-added sources assist in the identification and dissemination of reliable information on efficiency
  • Effective bibliographic database searching for economic evaluations requires consideration of the availability, specificity and scope of indexing terms

Module 3 search strategies exercise

To test your understanding of this module, try selecting relevant MeSH and/or EMTREE headings and formulate search strategies for one or more of the following statements. You are invited to try all four statements.
  1. the cost-effectiveness of screening for diabetic retinopathy
  2. resource allocation implications and the cost-benefit of providing cardiology services in primary care
  3. what are the costs and benefits of laparoscopic versus open surgery for inguinal hernia repair
  4. is day surgery more efficient than in-patient surgery for tonsillectomy

View the answers to these search strategies.


Module 3 Quiz

Prepare yourself to take the quiz for this module by reviewing possible questions. Then take the quiz. From the quiz you can apply for the Certificate of Success for Module 3.

Module 3 Quiz 3 [review questions]

If you do not wish to take the quiz for module 2, move on to Module 4: An Introduction to the Principles of Critical Appraisal of Health Economic Evaluation Studies

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