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Finding and Using Health Economics Information Resources

Module 4: An Introduction to the Principles of Critical Appraisal of Health Economic Evaluation Studies

Sample critical appraisal exercise introduction - An economic evaluation of thrombolysis in the community

This part of the tutorial provides a sample appraisal of a published economic evaluation study using the fundamental principles as described earlier in Module 4 and using the Drummond 10-point checklist . Open the Checklist in one window and the article, below, in another. Try the analysis yourself and then read on to get the responses from the author of this module.

The study reference is:

Vale L et al. An economic evaluation of thrombolysis in a remote rural community. British Medical Journal 1997;314:570-572.

Here is a link to the full text of the paper.

Note: A quality assessment of the paper together with a structured abstract is available on the NHS Economic Evaluation Database* (Document 130664). The abstract prepared with some minor amendments for the purposes of this exercise is available at the site. Click on the document number above.

*see also Module 1

 

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