Revista Española de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 1135-5727
ABELLAN PERPINAN, José María; SANCHEZ MARTINEZ, Fernando Ignacio and MARTINEZ PEREZ, Jorge Eduardo. Quality assessment of economic evaluations in health care: a checklist and user guide. Rev. Esp. Salud Publica [online]. 2009, vol.83, n.1, pp. 71-84. ISSN 1135-5727. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1135-57272009000100006.
The aim of this paper is to promote the efficiency in the process of incorporating new health technologies, as well as to guide their implementation by physicians. An iterative method has been used to draw a checklist based on parsimony and measurability criteria. Authors made a first version of the checklist on the basis of theoretical literature and economic evaluation guidelines. This preliminary version was discussed and its validity was tested in two focus groups by doctors and managers of the regional public health systems of Murcia and Andalusia. As a result of this iterative process, we present a 12 criteria checklist in which a score is assigned to everyone of its items. The overall score a study receives (with a maximum of 100 points) is confronting to a set of cost per QALY thresholds, in order to assess if the technology been evaluated is cost-effective or not. The thresholds was selected from a previous study. We present a checklist and user guide which includes a cost per QALY thresholds matrix. This is an original proposal that has not been previously published in the Spanish literature. Our instrument needs some future improvements in terms of its validation and its spread to other types of cost-effectiveness analysis, apart from those that use QALYs. Nevertheless, our proposal may be useful to provide guidance on the usage and financing of new health technologies in Spain.
Keywords : Economic; Evaluation; Delphi Technique.