Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
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SANCHO, Leyla Gomes and DAIN, Sulamis. Health Assessment and Economic Assessment in Health: introduction to the debate on the points of intersection. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.3, pp.765-774. ISSN 1678-4561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232012000300024.
The study aims to infer the existence of a continuum between Health Assessment and Economic Assessment in Health, by highlighting points of intersection of these forms of appraisal. To achieve this, a review of the theoretical foundations, methods and approaches of both forms of assessment was conducted. It was based on the theoretical model of health evaluation as reported by Hartz et al and economic assessment in health approaches reported by Brouwer et al. It was seen that there is a continuum between the theoretical model of evaluative research and the extrawelfarist approach for economic assessment in health, and between the normative theoretical model for health assessment and the welfarist approaches for economic assessment in health. However, in practice the assessment is still conducted using the normative theoretical model and with a welfarist approach.
Keywords : Health assessment; Economic assessment in health; Economic theory; Normative assessment; Evaluative research.