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Applying health economics for policy decision making: how much do devices differ from drugs?

By Corinna Sorenson, Rosanna Tarricone, Markus Siebert and Michael Drummond


Medical devices pose unique challenges for economic evaluation and associated decision-making processes that differ from pharmaceuticals. We highlight and discuss these challenges in the context of cardiac device therapy, based on a systematic review of relevant economic evaluations. Key challenges include practical difficulties in conducting randomized clinical trials, allowing for a 'learning curve' and user characteristics, accounting for the wider organizational impacts of introducing new devices, and allowing for variations in product characteristics and prices over time

Topics: HB Economic Theory, RA Public aspects of medicine
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1093/europace
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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