Research priorities for economic analyses of prevention: current issues and future directions

Prev Sci. 2014 Dec;15(6):789-98. doi: 10.1007/s11121-013-0429-z.


In response to growing interest in economic analyses of prevention efforts, a diverse group of prevention researchers, economists, and policy analysts convened a scientific panel, on "Research Priorities in Economic Analysis of Prevention" at the 19th annual conference of the Society for Prevention Research. The panel articulated four priorities that, if followed in future research, would make economic analyses of prevention efforts easier to compare and more relevant to policymakers and community stakeholders. These priorities are: (1) increased standardization of evaluation methods, (2) improved economic valuation of common prevention outcomes, (3) expanded efforts to maximize evaluation generalizability and impact as well as (4) enhanced transparency and communicability of economic evaluations. In this paper, we define three types of economic analyses in prevention, provide context and rationale for these four priorities as well as related sub-priorities, and discuss the challenges inherent in meeting them.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research*
  • Congresses as Topic
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis*
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Preventive Medicine / economics*
  • Preventive Medicine / trends