Pre-conference workshops

Morning workshop: 9:00-12:30

How to incorporate economic evaluations in clinial practice guidelines, a five step approach: theory and practice

Prof Jos Kleijnen, MD, PhD, Professor Systematic Reviews in Health Care, Kleijnen Systematic Reviews Ltd., York, United Kingdom
Ghislaine APG van Mastrigt, PhD, HTA Researcher, Department of Health Services Research, Maastricht University, Maastricht, the Netherlands
Ben Wijnen, MSc, PhD, HTA researcher, Department of Health Services Research, Maastricht University, Maastricht, the Netherlands
Frederick W Thielen, Msc, HTA Researcher, Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Although recommended, economic evaluations (EEs) are not routinely incorporated in clinical practice guidelines. One reason could be a lack of knowledge on how to identify EEs and assess their quality by guideline developers. The purpose of this pre-conference course is to provide an up-to-date overview on how to perform a systematic review (SR) of EEs. In addition, this course will provide a hands-on training on how to identify relevant EEs and on how to evaluate their individual quality.
This pre-conference course is based on a series of three papers on “How to Prepare an SR of EEs for Clinical Practice Guidelines” in which a five-step-approach for conducting an SR of EEs is proposed. Participants will first be introduced to the five-step-approach. Next, all participants will be asked to develop a search strategy in small groups based on a (pre)defined topic to identify studies regarding clinical effectiveness data combined with a validated search filters to identify EE. There will be experts available to assist them. The most important topics/difficulties encountered in doing these searches will be discussed. Afterwards, an outline will be given on how to evaluate methodological quality of identified EEs and participants will be asked to assess the quality of a predetermined EEs. This will be done in small groups supervised by experienced researchers. The last part of the course will focus on incorporating EEs in clinical guidelines and on problems and difficulties that one may encounter when performing an SR of EEs.

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