Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine by Marthe R. GoldCost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine by Marthe R. Gold

Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine

EditorMarthe R. Gold, Joanna E. Siegel, Louise B. Russell

Hardcover | July 15, 1996

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A unique, in-depth discussion of the uses and conduct of cost-effectiveness analyses (CEAs) as decision-making aids in the health and medical fields, this volume is the product of over two years of comprehensive research and deliberation by a multi-disciplinary panel of economists, ethicists,psychometricians, and clinicians. Exploring cost-effectiveness in the context of societal decision-making for resource allocation purposes, this volume proposes that analysts include a "reference-case" analysis in all CEAs designed to inform resource allocation and puts forth the most explicit setof guidelines (together with their rationale) ever defined on the conduct of CEAs. Important theoretical and practical issues encountered in measuring costs and effectiveness, evaluating outcomes, discounting, and dealing with uncertainty are examined in separate chapters. Additional chapters onframing and reporting of CEAs elucidate the purpose of the analysis and the effective communication of its findings. Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine differs from the available literature in several key aspects. Most importantly, it represents a consensus on standard methods--a featureintegral to a CEA, whose principal goal is to permit comparisons of the costs and health outcomes of alternative ways of improving health. The detailed level at which the discussion is offered is another major distinction of this book, since guidelines in journal literature and in CEA-related bookstend to be rather general--to the extent that the analyst is left with little guidance on specific matters. The focused overview of the theoretical background underlying areas of controversy and of methodological alternatives, and, finally, the accessible writing style make this volume a top choiceon the reading lists of analysts in medicine and public health who wish to improve practice and comparability of CEAs. The book will also appeal to decision-makers in government, managed care, and industry who wish to consider the uses and limitations of CEAs.
Marthe R. Gold is at U.S. Public Health Service. Joanna E. Siegel is at U.S. Public Health Service. Louise B. Russell is at Rutgers University. Milton C. Weinstein is at Harvard University.
Title:Cost-Effectiveness in Health and MedicineFormat:HardcoverDimensions:456 pages, 6.81 × 9.49 × 1.06 inPublished:July 15, 1996Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Cost-Effectiveness Analysis as a Guide to Resource Allocation in Health: Roles and Limitations2. Theoretical Foundations of Cost-Effectiveness Analysis3. Framing and Designing the Cost-Effectiveness Analysis4. Identifying and Valuing Outcomes5. Assessing the Effectiveness of Health Interventions6. Estimating Costs in Cost-Effectiveness Analysis7. Time Preference8. Reflecting Uncertainty in Cost-Effectiveness Analysis9. Reporting Cost-Effectiveness Studies and ResultsAppendix A: Summary of Recommendations for the Reference CaseAppendix B: Cost-Effectiveness of Strategies to Prevent Neural Tube DefectsAppendix C: The Cost-Effectiveness of Dietary and Pharmacologic Therapy for Cholesterol Reduction in Adults

Editorial Reviews

"The book is clearly written with an excellent glossary and index. It is primarily for researchers and teachers, but is also accessible to those consumers and providers without a research background who are interested in how CEAs may contribute to health policy decisions."--PhysiotherapyCanada