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An Introduction to Economic Evaluation of Health

Program ID Number: CRS000489
CEU Course ID: P260.13
Webinar Length of Time: 1.25 hour

Recorded Date: March 7, 2013

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Bryce S. Sutton, PhD
James A. Haley VA Medical Center,
Tampa, FL, United States

Note: Faculty for this activity have been required to disclose all relationships with any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services, with the exemption of nonprofit or government organizations and non-healthcare related companies.
* No conflicts have been disclosed.


Economic evaluation is an accepted method in the appraisal of health care interventions that is increasingly being used by private and public sectors to determine reimbursement, coverage, and funding decisions. In the wake of recent US government health care reform, comparative-effectiveness and cost-effectiveness evaluation will play a greater role in the adoption of health care technologies. Despite the emphasis on comparative research and the budget impact of health interventions and technologies, there is a paucity of economic evaluations in the rehabilitation literature.

Economic evaluations seek to add the dimension of cost in addition to intervention effectiveness to answer questions in the direct comparison of alternative treatments or technologies, for example:

    1. If two treatments are equally efficacious which treatment option should be chosen?
    2. If one treatment is more efficacious, is the added effectiveness worth the additional cost?
    3. If one treatment is less efficacious is the reduced effectiveness acceptable given the lower cost?

The answers to these questions directly affect decisions made by providers and the quality of care for patients.

In this 75 minute instructional course participants will learn about the different types of economic evaluation with examples gleaned from the rehabilitation literature, focusing on the interpretation of results and a discussion of the implications for patient care. Upon completion of the course participants should be able to distinguish between different types of economic evaluation, identify relevant costs and classify costs according to the perspective of a patient, provider, or society as a whole. Examples of cost-effectiveness and cost-utility data will be presented and emphasis will be placed on the use of cost-effectiveness results to guide health care decision making. This course assumes no previous knowledge in health economics.

Learning Objectives

Upon attending this lecture/seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between three different types of economic evaluation.
  2. Identify and classify relevant costs of a health care technology or identify and classify relevant costs of a technology or intervention.
  3. Interpret the results of a cost-effectiveness analysis.


CEU Registration and Cost

0.125 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded to individuals for viewing 1.25 hours of instruction.

The cost for the webinar is $59.00

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  3. Select Post Tests and Evaluations
  4. Select and complete the course post test and evaluation
  5. Select Submit

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The University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences awards Continuing Education Units to individuals who enroll in certain educational activities. The CEU is designated to give recognition to individuals who continue their education in order to keep up-to-date in their profession. (One CEU is equivalent to 10 hours of participation in an organized continuing education activity). Each person should claim only those hours of credit that he or she actually spent in the educational activity.

The University of Pittsburgh is certifying the educational contact hours of this program and by doing so is in no way endorsing any specific content, company, or product. The information presented in this program may represent only a sample of appropriate interventions.


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Updated | 08.28.2013