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Article showed how not to read economic evaluations

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 21 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:939
  1. Jane Henderson, Health economics researcher,
  2. Stavros Petrou, Health economist,
  3. Tracy Roberts, Health economics researcher
  1. National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford OX2 6HE

    EDITOR—Although parts of Greenhalgh's paper on economic analyses were helpful to our non-economist colleagues, many parts showed a poor understanding of the subject and the paper is likely to be of little help in assessing the value of studies.1 Much of the paper was devoted to cost-utility analysis (where this was occasionally confused with cost-benefit analysis and Greenhalgh showed an ignorance of the methods …

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