Economic Evaluation of Hypertension Treatment in low and middle income countries: A literature review

Nguyen, Thu (2010). Economic Evaluation of Hypertension Treatment in low and middle income countries: A literature review Master's Thesis, School of Economics, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Nguyen, Thu
Thesis Title Economic Evaluation of Hypertension Treatment in low and middle income countries: A literature review
School, Centre or Institute School of Economics
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2010
Thesis type Master's Thesis
Supervisor Jan Barendregt
Total pages 85
Language eng
Subjects 14 Economics
Formatted abstract
Background: Evidence from economic evaluations of hypertension treatment in high income countries has been reviewed in the literature. However, the needs of low and middle income countries are not met by these analyses as the cost effectiveness ratios appear inappropriate to the developing world context.

Objectives: To summarize and appraise evidence from published economic evaluations of hypertension treatment in low and middle income countries.

Methods: A computerized search for relevant studies was carried out on five main databases: Pubmed, Econlit, NHS EED, Cinahl and Embase. Quality of studies found was assessed using the Drummond checklist

Results: Seven studies have been included in the review, providing evidence of costeffectiveness of different treatment regimens as well as initial treatment approaches.

However, quality assessment has revealed a number of limitations in these studies regarding study perspective, validity, uncertainty and generalizability of the results.

Discussion and conclusion: Findings from the reviewed studies should be interpreted with . caution. It is suggested that number of improvements should be made in future economic evaluations in this area.
Keyword Economic Evaluation

Document type: Thesis
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