Cost-effectiveness analyses: a basic overview for dermatologists.
BACKGROUND: In the current age of limited health care resources, cost-effectiveness analyses are important since they provide information that can be used by decision-makers for prioritizing and setting health care policies. OBJECTIVE: This article gives a conceptual overview of cost-effectiveness analyses (CEAs) by discussing their strengths and limitations, introducing the calculations and variables involved, and outlining the issues in interpreting CEAs using dermatological examples. CONCLUSION: Cost-effectiveness analyses are important tools that dermatologists can use to compare medical interventions using costs, effectiveness, and health outcomes.
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