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A bayesian semi-parametric approach for cost-effectiveness analysis in health economics

  • Caterina Conigliani
  • Andrea Tancredi

We consider the problem of assessing new and existing technologies for their cost-effectiveness in the case where data on both costs and efficacy are available from a clinical trial, and we address it by means of the cost-effectiveness acceptability curve in the simple case where efficacy is measured as a binary outcome. We consider a Bayesian approach, and in recognising that cost data usually exhibit highly skew, heavy-tailed and, possibly multi-modal distributions, we introduce a model for costs composed of a piecewise constant density up to an unknown endpoint, and a generalised Pareto distribution for the remaining tail.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics - University Roma Tre in its series Departmental Working Papers of Economics - University 'Roma Tre' with number 0046.

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Date of creation: Aug 2005
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Handle: RePEc:rtr:wpaper:0046
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