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Complex Problems or Simple Solutions? Enhancing Evidence-based Economics to Reflect Reality

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  • Chantale Lessard

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    (Department of Health Administration, School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal)

  • Stephen Birch

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    (Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, McMaster University, School of Community Based Medicine, University of Manchester)

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    • The production of health, illness and recovery in populations is a complex process that embodies a wide range of influences and interactions between influences • Economic evaluation approaches oversimplify the decision-makers' problem by adopting inappropriate research paradigm that ignores the contexts in which health problems are experienced and health care is delivered • Complexity theory provides a basis for studying problems in their contexts and addressing questions about the circumstances under which interventions work best and what works in specific circumstances • Broad-based economic models already exist with the capacity to incorporate complexity

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    Paper provided by Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA), McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada in its series Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis Working Paper Series with number 2009-05.

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