Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login to save this paper or follow this series

The use of meta-analysis in economic evaluation


Author Info

  • Francis Pang
  • Mike Drummond

    (Centre for Health Economics, The University of York)

  • Fujian Song
Registered author(s):


    Meta-analysis provides a family of statistical techniques for combining the results of similar studies. This paper examines the meta-analysis of clinical data in economic studies, and points to the issues and considerations that must be addressed when designing and conducting a meta-analysis of clinical data for use in an economic evaluation. We investigate whether the standard approaches employed in the meta-analysis of clinical data are satisfactory to meet the demands of economic evaluation, and assess the meta-analyses contained in a sample of economic evaluations identified from the NHS conomic Evaluation Database. Finally, we provide guidance on the appropriate use of meta-analysis for economic evaluations.

    Download Info

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
    File URL:
    File Function: First version, 1999
    Download Restriction: no

    Bibliographic Info

    Paper provided by Centre for Health Economics, University of York in its series Working Papers with number 173chedp.

    as in new window
    Length: 29 pages
    Date of creation: Nov 1999
    Date of revision:
    Handle: RePEc:chy:respap:173chedp

    Contact details of provider:
    Postal: York Y010 5DD
    Phone: (01904) 321401
    Fax: (0)1904 323759
    Web page:
    More information through EDIRC

    Related research

    Keywords: economic evaluation; meta-analysis;


    References listed on IDEAS
    Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:
    as in new window
    1. Johannesson, Magnus, 1994. "The cost-effectiveness of the switch towards more expensive antihypertensive drugs," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 28(1), pages 1-13, March.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)


    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
    as in new window

    Cited by:
    1. Jette Jacobsen & Nick Hanley, 2009. "Are There Income Effects on Global Willingness to Pay for Biodiversity Conservation?," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 43(2), pages 137-160, June.
    2. Bumann, Silke & Hermes, Niels & Lensink, Robert, 2013. "Financial liberalization and economic growth: A meta-analysis," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 33(C), pages 255-281.


    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.


    Access and download statistics


    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:chy:respap:173chedp. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Frances Sharp).

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.