[Methods of health economic evaluation for health services research]

Gesundheitswesen. 2010 Dec;72(12):917-33. doi: 10.1055/s-0030-1262859. Epub 2010 Sep 23.
[Article in German]


On August 30, 2010, the German Network for Health Services Research [Deutsches Netzwerk Versorgungsforschung e. V. (DNVF e. V.)] approved the Memorandum III "Methods for Health Services Research", supported by the member societies mentioned as authors and published in this Journal [Gesundheitswesen 2010; 72: 739-748]. The present paper focuses on methodological issues of economic evaluation of health care technologies. It complements the Memorandum III "Methods for Health Services Research", part 2. First, general methodological principles of the economic evaluations of health care technologies are outlined. In order to adequately reflect costs and outcomes of health care interventions in the routine health care, data from different sources are required (e. g., comparative efficacy or effectiveness studies, registers, administrative data, etc.). Therefore, various data sources, which might be used for economic evaluations, are presented, and their strengths and limitations are stated. Finally, the need for methodological advancement with regard to data collection and analysis and issues pertaining to communication and dissemination of results of health economic evaluations are discussed.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Technology / economics*
  • Germany
  • Health Care Costs / statistics & numerical data*
  • Health Services Research / methods*
  • Models, Economic*