Economic evaluation strategies in telehealth: obtaining a more holistic valuation of telehealth interventions

Centaine Snoswell, Anthony C. Smith, Paul A. Scuffham, Jennifer A. Whitty

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Telehealth is an emerging area of medical research. Its translation from conception, to research and into practice requires tailored research and economic evaluation methods. Due to their nature telehealth interventions exhibit a number of extra-clinical benefits that are relevant when valuing their costs and outcomes. By incorporating methods to measure societal values such as patient preference and willingness-to-pay, a more holistic value can be placed on the extra-clinical outcomes associated with telehealth and evaluations can represent new interventions more effectively. Cost-benefit analysis is a method by which relevant costs and outcomes in telehealth can be succinctly valued and compared. When health economic methods are conducted using holistic approaches such as cost-benefit analysis they can facilitate the translation of telehealth research into policy and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)792-796
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Issue number9
Early online date27 Oct 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017

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