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Health Economics Information Resources: A Self-Study Course

Module 1, Part 2: Key Information Sources

Recommended core bibliographic databases

  • PubMed (MEDLINE) (US National Library of Medicine)
    • clinical, social and economic aspects of medicine and health care
    • MEDLINE's economic coverage considerably strengthened as a result of the migration of journal citations previously found in the HealthSTAR database
      • (note that: HealthSTAR Monograph citations are now available via LocatorPlus -
      • and HealthSTAR meeting abstracts are now available via the NLM Gateway -
  • EMBASE (Elsevier)
    • clinical, social and economic aspects of medicine and health care, including pharmacoeconomics
    • nursing and allied health literature with a significant economic component
    • use these and other economics terms to construct your search:

    Costs and Cost Analysis, Economic Aspects of Illness, Economic Competition, Economic Value of Life, Fees and Charges, Financial Management, Financing, Organized, Investments, and Resource Allocation

  • Social Science Citation Index 
  • health care, social science, applied psychology and economics
  • citations from over 1,700 of the world's leading scholarly social sciences journals covering more than 50 disciplines
  • psychology and related disciplines including medicine, psychiatry and nursing
  • use these and other search terms to retrieve health economics citations from this database:

Budgets, Cost Containment, Costs and Cost Analysis, Economy, Health Care Costs, Money, Resource Allocation

NHS Centre for Reviews & Dissemination Databases

  • funded by the NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
  • produces the database
    • Health Technology Assessment Database (HTA)  
      • this database (part of the Cochrane Library) contains records of ongoing projects being conducted by members of INAHTA (International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment) as well as publications reporting completed technology assessments carried out by INAHTA members and other technology assessment organizations
      • the abstracts in the database are descriptive rather than analytical
      • the reports have not been evaluated by reviewers from the NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination


  • principal bibliographic tool of mainstream pure and applied economics
  • expanded version of the Journal of Economic Literature (JEL) indexes of journals, books, dissertations
  • includes Abstracts of Working Papers in Economics (Cambridge University Press)

Other recommended bibliographic databases

Some other health related databases which may be relevant include:
  • International Pharmaceutical Abstracts
    • "30 years of in-depth indexed reference to the world pharmacy (in the broadest sense) literature; plus, related health, medical, cosmetic journals, and state pharmacy journals; abstracts of presentations at major pharmacy meetings"
    • includes economics, pharmacoeconomics and sociology
  • Sociological Abstracts
    • "a primary resource for accessing the latest research sponsored in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences"
    • international set of journals indexed
  • ABI/Inform Global (Proquest)
    • business and management database
    • advertising, marketing, economics, human resources, finance, taxation and computers

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Last Reviewed: June 15, 2021