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BMC Med. 2012; 10: 10.
Published online 2012 February 1. doi:  10.1186/1741-7015-10-10
PMCID: PMC3395827

Cost-effectiveness analysis for clinicians


In a climate of economic uncertainty, cost effectiveness analysis is a potentially important tool for making choices about health care interventions. Methods for such analyses are well established, but the results need to be interpreted carefully and are subject to bias. Making decisions based on results of cost-effectiveness analyses can involve setting thresholds, but for individual patients, there needs to be disaggregation of benefits and harms included in a quality adjusted life year to ensure appropriate consideration of benefits and harms as well as personal preferences and circumstances.

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