National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR)
Health Economics Information Resources: A Self-Study Course
Module 1, Part 1: The Scope of Health Economics
Module 1, Part 1: Exercise 1
This exercise is not interactive. Print the page out and do the exercise on the printed page. You will use this exercise when you get to Module 3 to compare what you write down with specific subject terms used in searching the two major bibliographic databases, MEDLINE and EMBASE.
What does health economics mean to you? (Write a short paragraph.)
Write down some specific topics or headings which you associate with the subject of health economics.
(Note: MEDLINE's indexing vocabulary is called Medical Subject Headings or MeSH; EMBASE's indexing vocabulary is known as EMTREE terms. The topics or headings you write down do not need to be accurate MeSH or EMTREE terms, just topics or headings you remember from doing previous searches or in looking for information using Internet search engines. You will see the terms used in MeSH and EMTREE in Module 3).