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Economic Analysis as a Tool for Planning and Evaluation of Public Health Interventions

Farkaš-Lainščak, Jerneja ; Zaletel-Kragelj, Lijana

Erschienen in: Programmes for Training on Research in Public Health for South Eastern Europe. Vol. 5: Management in Health Care Practice: A Handbook for Teachers, Researchers and Health Professionals, ed. Luka Kovačić, Lijana Zaletel-Kragelj
ISBN: 978-3-89918-175-3
Herausgeber: Luka Kovačić, Lijana Zaletel-Kragelj


Abstract:
The central problem addressed by the discipline of economics is that of resource scarcity, and so the purpose of economic evaluation is, in a very broad sense, to help decision-makers when addressing problems arising due to the scarcity issue. Therefore, such evidence is generated with the direct intention of influencing policy. Over recent years, there have been repeated expressions of concern about the usefulness of health economic analyses, and responses have tended to centre on questions of how research by health economists can be made more useful and accessible to policy makers. How an economic evaluation can be used in practice, is presented in the case of folic acid food fortification. After the introduction of folate deficiency problem and discussion of strengths and weaknesses of folic acid food fortification, it is demonstrated how an economic evaluation can add value to decision-making process. However, it is important to understand that, even if the best possible economic evaluations were available, they would be only one element in a complex process of decision-making that is also shaped by scientific evidence and political feasibility.


Beteiligte Einrichtung: Fakultät für Gesundheitswissenschaften
DDC-Sachgruppe: Medizin und Gesundheit

Zitat-Vorschlag:
Farkaš-Lainščak, Jerneja ; Zaletel-Kragelj, Lijana  (2008)  Economic Analysis as a Tool for Planning and Evaluation of Public Health Interventions. Programmes for Training on Research in Public Health for South Eastern Europe. Vol. 5: Management in Health Care Practice: A Handbook for Teachers, Researchers and Health Professionals, ed. Luka Kovačić, Lijana Zaletel-Kragelj 978-3-89918-175-3


URL: http://biecoll.ub.uni-bielefeld.de/volltexte/2009/2116



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