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Transferability indices for health economic evaluations: methods and applications

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  • Fernando Antonanzas
  • Roberto Rodríguez‐Ibeas
  • Carmelo Juárez
  • Florencia Hutter
  • Reyes Lorente
  • Mariola Pinillos

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In this paper, we have elaborated an index in two phases to measure the degree of transferability of the results of the economic evaluation of health technologies. In the first phase, we have considered the objective factors (critical and non‐critical) to derive a general transferability index, which can be used to measure this internal property of the studies of economic evaluation applied to health technologies. In the second phase, with a more specific index, we have measured the degree of applicability of the results of a given study to a different setting. Both indices have been combined (arithmetic and geometric mean) to obtain a global transferability index. We have applied the global index to a sample of 27 Spanish studies on infectious diseases. We have obtained an average value for the index of 0.54, quite far from the maximum theoretical value of 1. We also found that 11 studies lacked some critical factor and were directly deemed as not transferable. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Fernando Antonanzas & Roberto Rodríguez‐Ibeas & Carmelo Juárez & Florencia Hutter & Reyes Lorente & Mariola Pinillos, 2009. "Transferability indices for health economic evaluations: methods and applications," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 18(6), pages 629-643, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:18:y:2009:i:6:p:629-643
    DOI: 10.1002/hec.1397
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    1. Raymond Oppong & Sue Jowett & Tracy E Roberts, 2015. "Economic Evaluation alongside Multinational Studies: A Systematic Review of Empirical Studies," PLOS ONE, Public Library of Science, vol. 10(6), pages 1-22, June.
    2. Maria-Florencia Hutter & Roberto Rodríguez-Ibeas & Fernando Antonanzas, 2014. "Methodological reviews of economic evaluations in health care: what do they target?," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer;Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gesundheitsökonomie (DGGÖ), vol. 15(8), pages 829-840, November.
    3. Pepijn Vemer & Maureen Rutten-van Mölken, 2011. "Largely ignored: the impact of the threshold value for a QALY on the importance of a transferability factor," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer;Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gesundheitsökonomie (DGGÖ), vol. 12(5), pages 397-404, October.
    4. Brianti, Marco & Magnani, Marco & Menegatti, Mario, 2018. "Optimal choice of prevention and cure under uncertainty on disease effect and cure effectiveness," Research in Economics, Elsevier, vol. 72(2), pages 327-342.
    5. Juliane Andrea Duevel & Lena Hasemann & Luz María Peña-Longobardo & Beatriz Rodríguez-Sánchez & Isaac Aranda-Reneo & Juan Oliva-Moreno & Julio López-Bastida & Wolfgang Greiner, 2020. "Considering the societal perspective in economic evaluations: a systematic review in the case of depression," Health Economics Review, Springer, vol. 10(1), pages 1-19, December.
    6. Adrian Gheorghe & Tracy Roberts & Thomas D. Pinkney & Dion G. Morton & Melanie Calvert, 2015. "Rational Centre Selection for RCTs with a Parallel Economic Evaluation—the Next Step Towards Increased Generalisability?," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 24(4), pages 498-504, April.

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