Economic evaluation and transferability of physical activity programmes in primary prevention: a systematic review

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2010 Apr;7(4):1622-48. doi: 10.3390/ijerph7041622. Epub 2010 Apr 9.


This systematic review aims to assess the characteristics of, and the clinical and economic evidence provided by, economic evaluations of primary preventive physical exercise interventions, and to analyse their transferability to Germany using recommended checklists. Fifteen economic evaluations from seven different countries met eligibility criteria, with seven of the fifteen providing high economic evidence in the special country context. Most of the identified studies conclude that the investigated intervention provide good value for money compared with alternatives. However, this review shows a high variability of the costing methods between the studies, which limits comparability, generalisability and transferability of the results.

Keywords: cost-effectiveness; cost-utility; economic evaluation; physical activity intervention; primary prevention; transferability.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Costs and Cost Analysis*
  • Germany
  • Primary Prevention*