ONE OF the ways that cost-effectiveness analysis is fun is that you get to criticize everyone else's hard work. One of the most often used sources of information in cost-effectiveness analysis is the medical literature, and you must be good at tearing it apart to be certain that you are obtaining the highest-quality data possible. Data for cost-effectiveness analyses are also obtained from electronic data sources, expert opinion, the authors of published studies, and in some cases ongoing randomized controlled trials. Although it is not as fun to criticize electronic data as it is to criticize the medical literature, the same basic sources of error are present in both.

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