Making cost-effectiveness information accessible: the NHS Economic Evaluation Database Project. CRD guidance for reporting critical summaries of economic evaluations

NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
Record ID 31999008332
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This report summarises the methods used for developing the NHS Economic Evaluation Database, the progress made so far, the ways of accessing and searching the database, and the plans for extending activities linked to the project.

Authors' recomendations: The NHS Economic Evaluation Database contains structured abstracts of economic evaluations of health technologies, and covers studies in all languages published from 1994 onwards. Papers are abstracted if they are full economic evaluations of health care interventions or forms of organisation of health care relevant to the NHS. A detailed abstract structure has been developed, to help critically appraise each study and ensure that the information is of maximum use to the intended audience of health care professionals, managers, policy makers, and academics. Bibliographic details of costing studies, methodological papers and reviews of economic evaluations are also included in the Database, as well as selected records originally included in the DH Register of Cost-Effectiveness Studies (1994), and which have been mapped into the CRD abstract structure. The NHS Economic Evaluation Database is a companion to the CRD Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness, which is a collection of abstracts of good quality research reviews about the effectiveness of health care interventions and the organisation of health services. Both databases are accessible on-line free of charge. The NHS Economic Evaluation Database, whilst potentially a useful resource, is only the start of a process of improving access to reports of economic evaluations and promoting the use of reliable results in health care decision making. CRD has identified key areas of the activities relevant for the effective implementation of the project. They can be classified in three broad categories: a) marketing and dissemination of the Database; b) assessing the use of the Database; c) research activity linked to the Database and to economic evaluations.
Authors' methods: Summary
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 1996
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: England
Organisation Name: University of York
Contact Address: University of York, York, Y01 5DD, United Kingdom. Tel: +44 1904 321040, Fax: +44 1904 321041,
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Copyright: Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
This is a bibliographic record of a published health technology assessment from a member of INAHTA or other HTA producer. No evaluation of the quality of this assessment has been made for the HTA database.