Pharmacoeconomics. Principles and practice

Lorenzo Pradelli, Albert Wertheimer

Economic issues related to the health sector have been gaining much attention in recent years, and the challenge of providing quality and comprehensive health care to a growing population has become increasingly complex.

This book’s aim is to introduce readers to basic principles of economics and to a set of analytical tools of economic evaluations and their application in the health sector. The most important evaluation techniques are explained by examples: cost-minimization analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-utility analysis, and cost-benefit analysis. Moreover, the authors present the basic concepts for understanding and applying the budget impact analysis and the patient reported outcomes.

The 2018 update adds a chapter about epidemiology, some modeling methods, and the relationship between HTA and pharmacoeconomics. New and more recent examples have replaced the existing ones. Moreover, questions and answers were added at the end of every chapter in order to help readers testing their text comprehension.

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Table of contents

  • Preface
    Lorenzo Pradelli
  • Principles of Epidemiology
    Giuseppe La Torre
  • Definitions and Basic Concepts
    Albert Wertheimer
  • Pharmacoeconomic Evaluations
    Albert Wertheimer
  • Modeling Frameworks
    Albert Wertheimer, Lorenzo Pradelli
  • Budget Impact Analysis
    Lorenzo Pradelli
  • Patient Reported Outcomes
    Anke-Peggy Holtorf
  • Data Sources and Accounting for Uncertainty
    Albert Wertheimer