The purpose of economic evaluation is to inform decisions intended to improve healthcare. The new edition of Methods for the Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programmes equips the reader with the essential hands-on experience required to undertake evaluations by providing a ‘tool kit’ based on the authors’ own experiences of undertaking economic evaluations.
Building on the strength of the previous edition, the accessible writing style ensures the text is key reading for the non-expert reader, as no prior knowledge of economics is required. The book employs a critical appraisal framework, which is useful both to researchers conducting studies and to decision-makers assessing them. Practical examples are provided throughout to aid learning and understanding.
The book analyses the methodological and policy challenges that face health systems in seeking to allocate resources efficiently and fairly. New chapters include ‘Principles of economic evaluation’ and ‘Making decisions in healthcare’ which introduces the reader to core issues and questions about allocation, and provides an understanding of the fundamental principles which guide decision making.