The article criticizes the present variability of economic appraisal methodologies and supports their standardization as a means of ensuring the comparability of the results of studies done by different researchers.
Standards should be theoretically sound and feasible, and are probably best attained by consensus between the research community and users.
Standardization is not without some dangers, e.g. the risk of excessive rigidity or the discouragement of further methodological research.
These dangers can however be easily avoided and are likely to be overcome by the potential benefits: comparability and transferability of the results of the studies; increased credibility and, hence, broader use of economic appraisal as a regular tool for decision making.
Mots-clés Pascal : Technologie, Equipement biomédical, Analyse économique, Evaluation, Economie santé, Méthodologie, Normalisation, CEE
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Technology, Biomedical equipment, Economic analysis, Evaluation, Health economy, Methodology, Standardization, EEC
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0354808
Code Inist : 002B30A01B. Création : 199406.