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Acta Ortop Bras. 2014;22(2):102-5. doi: 10.1590/1413-78522014220200456.

Health economics and health preference concepts to orthopedics practitioners.

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1
Universidade do Vale do Sapucaí, Pouso Alegre, MG, Brazil, Universidade do Vale do Sapucaí, Pouso Alegre, MG, Brazil ; Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
2
Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
3
Universidade do Vale do Sapucaí, Pouso Alegre, MG, Brazil, Universidade do Vale do Sapucaí, Pouso Alegre, MG, Brazil.

Abstract

The aim of this study was to describe concepts of health economics in order to update and provide the orthopedic practitioner decision making parameters based on preferences. Four basic types of studies of economical evaluation were presented (cost minimization analysis, cost-benefit, cost-effectiveness and cost-utility), as well as the origin, the concept, advantages and disadvantages of using QALY and utility. It was discussed the importance of costs and of SF-6D, an instrument able to get through the utility data from the Medical Outcomes Study 36-item Short Form Health Survey (SF-36). Physicians, especially orthopedic practitioners, are increasingly using technologies which are progressively expensive, thus, they should be able to understand health economics concepts, the importance of utility in clinical decision making process and economic analysis in health.09+

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Cost-benefit analysis; Quality of life; Quality-adjusted life years

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