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1. Hoque ME, Khan JA, Hossain SS, Gazi R, Rashid HA, Koehlmoos TP, Walker DG: A systematic review of economic evaluations of health and health-related interventions in Bangladesh. Cost Eff Resour Alloc; 2011;9:12
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  • [Title] A systematic review of economic evaluations of health and health-related interventions in Bangladesh.
  • BACKGROUND: Economic evaluation is used for effective resource allocation in health sector.
  • Accumulated knowledge about economic evaluation of health programs in Bangladesh is not currently available.
  • While a number of economic evaluation studies have been performed in Bangladesh, no systematic investigation of the studies has been done to our knowledge.
  • The aim of this current study is to systematically review the published articles in peer-reviewed journals on economic evaluation of health and health-related interventions in Bangladesh.
  • METHODS: Literature searches was carried out during November-December 2008 with a combination of key words, MeSH terms and other free text terms as suitable for the purpose.
  • A comprehensive search strategy was developed to search Medline by the PubMed interface.
  • The first specific interest was mapping the articles considering the areas of exploration by economic evaluation and the second interest was to scrutiny the methodological quality of studies.
  • The methodological quality of economic evaluation of all articles has been scrutinized against the checklist developed by Evers Silvia and associates.
  • RESULT: Of 1784 potential articles 12 were accepted for inclusion.
  • Ten studies described the competing alternatives clearly and only two articles stated the perspective of their articles clearly.
  • All studies included direct cost, incurred by the providers.
  • Only one study included the cost of community donated resources and volunteer costs.
  • Two studies calculated the incremental cost effectiveness ratio (ICER).
  • Six of the studies applied some sort of sensitivity analysis.
  • Two of the studies discussed financial affordability of expected implementers and four studies discussed the issue of generalizability for application in different context.
  • CONCLUSION: Very few economic evaluation studies in Bangladesh are found in different areas of health and health-related interventions, which does not provide a strong basis of knowledge in the area.
  • The most frequently applied economic evaluation is cost-effectiveness analysis.
  • The majority of the studies did not follow the scientific method of economic evaluation process, which consequently resulted into lack of robustness of the analyses.
  • Capacity building on economic evaluation of health and health-related programs should be enhanced.

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  • (PMID = 21771343.001).
  • [ISSN] 1478-7547
  • [Journal-full-title] Cost effectiveness and resource allocation : C/E
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Cost Eff Resour Alloc
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ PMC3158529
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