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Basic principles of economic evaluation of occupational health and safety interventions 

Basic principles of economic evaluation of occupational health and safety interventions
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Basic principles of economic evaluation of occupational health and safety interventions
Author(s):

Oliver Rivero-Arias

, Sue Jowett

, and Marjolein de Weerd

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199683901.003.0018
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date: 03 December 2020

Conducting economic evaluations in occupational epidemiology is challenging. This chapter provides an overview of the basic principles of economic evaluation of occupational health and safety interventions using an adapted checklist proposed for critical appraisal of economic evaluations of health care technologies, and based on the conclusions of the US Panel on Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine. The checklist is structured into four main headings that include framework of the study, data and methods, presentation of results, and discussion and implications of the evaluation. Aspects such as the relationship between health and productivity for the measurement of consequences, identification of the perspective of the study with multiple stakeholders, challenges in the estimation of costs, adjustment for time preference, presentation of results, and addressing uncertainty are described. A case study in an area of high risk of sickness absence is included to illustrate the use of this checklist in real practice.

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