Exploring Outcomes to Consider in Economic Evaluations of Health Promotion Programs: What Broader Non-Health Outcomes Matter Most?

Auteur(s) :
de Wit GA., Benning TM., Alayli-Goebbels AF., Stolk E., Prenger R., Braakman-Jansen LM., Evers SM., Aarts MJ.
Date :
Juil, 2015
Source(s) :
BMC health services research. #15 p266
Adresse :
Caphri School of Public Health and Primary Care, Department of Health Services Research, Maastricht University, PO Box 616, Maastricht, 6200 MD, The Netherlands. t.benning@rocva.nl.

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BACKGROUND
Attention is increasing on the consideration of broader non-health outcomes in economic evaluations. It is unknown which non-health outcomes are valued as most relevant in the context of health promotion. The present study fills this gap by investigating the relative importance of non-health outcomes in a health promotion context.

METHOD
We investigated the relative importance of ten non-health outcomes of health promotion programs not commonly captured in QALYs. Preferences were elicited from a sample of the Dutch general public (N = 549) by means of a ranking task. These preferences were analyzed using Borda scores and rank-ordered logit models.

RESULTS
The relative order of preference (from most to least important) was: self-confidence, insights into own (un)healthy behavior, perceived life control, knowledge about a certain health problem, social support, relaxation, better educational achievements, increased labor participation and work productivity, social participation, and a reduction in criminal behavior. The weight given to a particular non-health outcome was affected by the demographic variables age, gender, income, and education. Furthermore, in an open question, respondents mentioned a number of other relevant non-health outcomes, which we classified into outcomes relevant for the individual, the direct social environment, and for society as a whole.

CONCLUSION
The study provides valuable insights in the non-health outcomes that are considered as most important by the Dutch general population. Ideally, researchers should include the most important non-health outcomes in economic evaluations of health promotion.

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