A systematic review of cost-effectiveness studies for interventions to prevent and control healthcare-associated infections
The focus of this work will be to identify and map existing economic evaluations with a view to establishing a framework which will enable future cost-effectiveness analysis to be undertaken across European hospital settings.
The question will be addressed using systematic methods employing the use of categorisation, evidence mapping and synthesis. Full economic evaluations will be identified through searches of NHS EED. The initial stage of the project will use the database abstracts to systematically map the evidence. This mapping review will then be used to help inform the main systematic review and more in-depth data extraction and quality assessment. A narrative synthesis will be undertaken to draw together the common themes and important assumptions/differences across the included studies.
A key focus will be the generalisability of assumptions and the potential impact that these issues will have on the use of a single framework for evaluation of strategies across European hospitals.
This project has now ended and a report will be issued.Conducted by: Dawn Craig1, Steve Duffy1, Joanne O'Connor1 with Gavin Barlow2
1. Centre for Reviews and Dissemination 2. Hull York Medical School
Funded by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control