Adding cost to NNT: the COPE statistic

Maharaj, Rohan
January 2008
ACP Journal Club;Jan/Feb2008, Vol. 148 Issue 1, pA8
Academic Journal
The author reflects on the capacity of cost-effectiveness analysis for clinicians and policymakers, Cost of Preventing an Event (COPE), to evaluate their economic actions and consequences in the U.S. He asserts that the cost analysis is an incomplete form of economic appraisal for it ignores the two elements including cost offsets and adverse effects of treatment. He suggests that the individual medical practitioners need to justify the cost of therapy based on the prevalence of a disease.


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