Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Print version ISSN 0102-311X
SANCHO, Leyla Gomes. Reviewing the literature of cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analysis in health. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2008, vol.24, n.12, pp. 2735-2746. ISSN 0102-311X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2008001200002.
This study aims to contribute to the dissemination of the theoretical foundations for cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analysis. It also provides backing for reflections on the implementation of studies leading to real benefits for both the population and health system management. Taking a historical perspective, and drawing on the work of renowned authors, the study provides an extensive literature review on cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analysis, from the theoretical formulation to the definition of methodological guidelines. The study also highlights the methodological controversies resulting from the diversity of theoretical approaches. As a result, it recommends conducting research on the theoretical foundations, and particularly the position of the extra-welfarists.
Keywords : Cost-Benefit Analysis; Health Management; Review.