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The use of meta-analysis in economic evaluation


  • Francis Pang
  • Mike Drummond

    () (Centre for Health Economics, The University of York)

  • Fujian Song


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.

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  • Francis Pang & Mike Drummond & Fujian Song, 1999. "The use of meta-analysis in economic evaluation," Working Papers 173chedp, Centre for Health Economics, University of York.
  • Handle: RePEc:chy:respap:173chedp

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