Economic evaluation in healthcare. A brief history and future directions

Karen Blumenschein, Magnus Johannesson

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Over the last decade there-has been tremendous interest in economic evaluations of healthcare programmes, especially in the pharmaceutical field. Economic evaluations started about 30 years ago as rather crude analyses, in which the-value of improved health was measured in terms of increased labour production. Now, more refined methods are available to measure health changes in terms of quality-adjusted life-years gained or willingness to pay. It is important to continue this development, and major fields for future work include the incorporation of quality-of-life measurements into economic evaluations and the linking of cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses into a unified framework of economic evaluation. How to incorporate distributional issues is another important area. Finally, it seems crucial to further explore the link between economic evaluation and decision making, since the purpose of economic evaluations is to affect decision making.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-122
Number of pages9
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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