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Drug Alcohol Rev. 2010 Nov;29(6):623-30. doi: 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2010.00238.x.

Conducting economic evaluations of screening and brief intervention for hazardous drinking: Methods and evidence to date for informing policy.

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RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, USA. cowell@rti.org

Abstract

ISSUES:

Many policy review articles have concluded that alcohol screening and brief intervention (SBI) is both cost-effective and cost-beneficial. Yet a recent cost-effectiveness review for the United Kingdom's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence suggests that these conclusions may be premature.

APPROACH:

This article offers a brief synopsis of the various types of economic analyses that may be applied to SBI, including cost analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-utility analysis, cost-benefit analysis and other types of economic evaluation. A brief overview of methodological issues is provided, and examples from the SBI evaluation literature are provided.

KEY FINDINGS, IMPLICATIONS AND CONCLUSIONS:

The current evidence base is insufficient to draw firm conclusions about the cost, cost-effectiveness or cost-benefit of SBI and about the impact of SBI on health-care utilisation.[Cowell AJ, Bray JW, Mills MJ, Hinde JM. Conducting economic evaluations of screening and brief intervention for hazardous drinking: Methods and evidence to date for informing policy.

PMID:
20973847
PMCID:
PMC2965557
DOI:
10.1111/j.1465-3362.2010.00238.x
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