How to develop brief economic commentaries for Cochrane intervention reviews

Topic category Other methods for preparing systematic reviews
Date and Location
Wednesday 3 October 2012 - 13:30 - 15:00
Methods Group
Methods Group: 
Campbell and Cochrane Economics Methods Group
Contact persons and facilitators
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Ian Shemilt (Contact this person) Campbell and Cochrane Economics Methods Group United Kingdom
Facilitator Affiliation Country
Ian Shemilt Campbell and Cochrane Economics Methods Group United Kingdom
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Campbell and Cochrane Economics Methods Group, UK
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Campbell and Cochrane Economics Methods Group, UK
Target audience
Target audience: 
Review authors, Managing Editors, Co-ordinating Editors, Editors, Trials Search Co-ordinators.
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Type of workshop
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Abstract text
To provide training in the process of developing brief economic commentaries for inclusion in Cochrane intervention reviews.

Incorporating brief, evidence-informed economic commentaries into the Background and Discussion sections of Cochrane intervention reviews places an ‘economic lens’ on the health condition and interventions being studied. This can serve to increase the relevance and usefulness of the review for end users, but without major additional resource or workload implications for authors and editorial base staff.

The process of developing an economic commentary involves:
• conducting supplementary searches of selected electronic health economics literature databases;
• selecting relevant health economic studies; and
• drawing on information contained in database records and/or corresponding full-text reports to summarise, in narrative form, the economic burden of the condition, the potential impact of the intervention on resource use and costs, and (possibly) the prima facie case that an intervention may (or may not) be judged ‘promising’ from an economic point of view.

This workshop will comprise presentations followed by interactive exercises for hands-on application of the process and skills being taught. Workshop materials are consistent with methodology described in Chapter 15 of the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions.