Economic evaluation methods in social care: A scoping review

Helen Louise Ann Weatherly, Rita Faria, Bernard Van den Berg, Mark Sculpher, Peter O'Neill, Kay Nolan, J.M. Glanville, Jaana Isojarvi, Erin Baragula, Mary Edwards

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The purpose of economic evaluation is to inform decisions as to the relative value of different courses of action, in a systematic, transparent way. Cost-effectiveness analysis involves assessing the costs and effects of two or more competing, alternative interventions against other uses if the same resources were used elsewhere. Applied to the social care context, a commissioner with a constrained budget might use this information to consider whether to invest public funds in a new intervention, programme or service or whether standard care represents the optimal choice of provision.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnit Costs of Health and Social Care 2020
Place of PublicationUniversity of Kent at Canterbury
PublisherPersonal Social Services Research Unit, University of Kent at Canterbury
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-911353-12-6
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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