Methodological Reviewer: Des Winter MD, Department of Surgery, University College Dublin School of Medicine & Medical Sciences
Clinical Reviewer: Mantaj Brar MD, MSc, GradStat, FRCSC, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto
Clinical Reviewer: Scott Regenbogen MD, MPH, Department of Surgery, University of Michigan
Thoma A, Sprague S, Tandan V; for the Evidence-Based Surgery Working Group. Users’ guide to the surgical literature: How to Use an Article on Economic Analysis. CJS 2001;44(5):347-54
Please read the above articles and be prepared to discuss the following:
- What is the clinical question being addressed?
- Did the analysis provide a full economic comparison of health care strategies?
- Was a broad enough viewpoint adopted?
- Were all relevant clinical strategies compared?
- Was clinical effectiveness established?
- Were costs measured accurately?
- Were data on costs and outcomes appropriately integrated?
- Was appropriate allowances made for uncertainties in the analysis?
- What were the incremental costs and outcomes of each strategy?
- Do incremental costs and outcomes differ between subgroups?
- State the conclusion. Have the authors addressed the clinical question posed?
- Does the evidence support the conclusion?