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How to include economics in Cochrane review protocols (1 of 2): background, objectives, outcome measures and types of studies.

Date and Location




Friday 20 September 2013 - 10:30 - 12:00


Methods Group and core training

Methods Group

Campbell and Cochrane Economics Methods Group
Contact persons and facilitators

Contact person

Ian Shemilt


Ian Shemilt
Target audience

Target audience

Authors interested in including coverage of economics aspects of interventions in Cochrane reviews and protocols. Editorial staff who may encounter protocols with economics components. Health economists who may be asked to advise or peer review economics components of protocols. Any level of knowledge is appropriate.

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Level of knowledge required

Type of workshop

Type of workshop

Abstract text


Objectives: Incorporating health economics evidence into Cochrane reviews can facilitate decision making which takes account of costs and provide the international context within which previously published evidence can be interpreted and assessed as a preliminary to economic evaluation. This is the first of a pair of workshops aiming to provide an introduction to the techniques needed to develop a protocol for a Cochrane intervention review that will include health economics perspectives and evidence. Participants are strongly encouraged to also attend the second workshop of this pair. Description: Part one will enable participants to: • Incorporate economics perspectives into the background section; • Formulate an objective for the economics component; • Identify measures of resource use, costs and cost-effectiveness to be included as outcome measures; and • Identify studies likely to contain evidence on resource use, costs and cost-effectiveness. This workshop is consistent with guidance on the use of economics methods in the preparation and maintenance of Cochrane reviews, published in the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic reviews of interventions. It will comprise a didactic presentation, a practical small-group exercise and opportunities for questions and discussion.