The use of short-term health outcomes in economic evaluations of health improvement interventions and implications for QALYs
Ludbrook, A. (HERU)
This project used a systematic review of economic evaluations of public health interventions carried out for the Welsh Assembly Government, to investigate the extent to which short-term health benefits have been included in published studies of primary prevention in developed countries. A topic based approach was adopted; topics included smoking cessation, alcohol, diet and physical activity, selected on the basis of there being plausible short-term benefits. For the selected topics, papers were reviewed to see to what extent short-term benefits have or have not been included. The research then considered how short-term benefits could be captured in future studies and whether such benefits could be incorporated into QALYs.
Ludbrook A.The use of short-term health outcomes in economic evaluations of health improvement interventions and implications for QALYs. Welsh Assembly Government Wanless Health Economics Group. Birmingham, February 2007.