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Capturing activity, costs, and outcomes: The challenges to be overcome for successful economic evaluation in palliative care

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Original languageEnglish
Article numberN/A
Pages (from-to)232-235
Number of pages4
JournalProgress in Palliative Care
Issue number4
PublishedSep 2013

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Palliative care, as with other health care services, is faced with the difficulty of competing for limited health care resources. Health care decision makers seek to maximize ‘value for money’ when selecting services to fund. The challenges for the palliative care community are to (a) demonstrate the cost effectiveness of its interventions in comparison to other health services and (b) provide evidence that the resources currently allocated are being used efficiently. Health economic evaluation can be conducted to support this. In this paper different economic approaches to evaluating health care services are introduced. Providing examples from (home based) palliative care we consider the opportunities to progress this work. We also describe the related challenges of capturing activity, costs, and outcomes. Although the very nature of this area of care presents unique methodological challenges that will need to be overcome, appropriate analyses will allow comparisons across the wider health sector and strengthen the argument for palliative care services.

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