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Table 3 Extent to which the published evaluations met recommendations for good reporting of economic evaluation studies  [1, 20]

From: Do economic evaluation studies inform effective healthcare resource allocation in Iran? A critical review of the literature

Criteria Number of studies fulfilling recommendation (n/N) %
Competing alternatives clearly described 18/30 60
Economic evaluation as primary objective 22/30 73
Time horizon stated 18/30 60
Perspective specified 7/30 23
All important and relevant costs for each alternative identified 9/30 30
All included cost measured appropriately 14/30 47
All included costs valued appropriately 12/30 40
Sources of cost data included 24/30 80
Sources of outcome data included 29/30 97
ICER/ BCR/NPV calculated and reported 8/30 27
Cost discounted 3/12 25
Outcome discounted 3/12 25
Sensitivity analysis performed 8/30 27
Generalisability of findings discussed 4/30 13
Funding sources disclosed 10/30 33
  1. ICER: Incremental Cost-Effectiveness Ratio, BCR: Benefit-Cost Ratio, NPV: Net Present Value.