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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2004 Oct;191(4):1070-6.

Design, execution, interpretation, and reporting of economic evaluation studies in obstetrics.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this article was to propose guidelines for the design, execution, interpretation, and reporting of economic evaluation studies in obstetrics. Study design We performed a PubMed search of economic evaluation articles to identify those articles that deal with the quality of published economic evaluation studies, the development of guidelines, and the development of checklists/guidelines for the reporting of economic evaluation studies. All other articles were excluded from the review.

RESULTS:

We identified 160 articles. We included 8 articles in our review that reported on the quality of published economic analyses, 12 articles that reported on guidelines, and 3 articles that reported on checklists/guidelines that are used by journals. There were 2 articles that dealt with the quality of published economic evaluations in obstetrics and gynecology, both of which showed less than optimal quality. There were only 4 articles that provided some general guidelines for the reporting of economic evaluations in obstetrics and gynecology. We found no articles on any checklist/guidelines for the reporting of economic evaluation studies in obstetrics and gynecology.

CONCLUSION:

There is a need to improve the design, execution, interpretation, and reporting of economic evaluation studies in obstetrics.

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