FINDING THE DATA YOU NEED
COST-EFFECTIVENESS STUDIES often synthesize information from a number of different sources. Usually researchers require information on the incidence or prevalence of a disease, risk ratios, and costs, among many other inputs. These inputs can be obtained from the medical literature, electronic datasets, unpublished sources (such as ongoing longitudinal studies), or experts on the disease you are studying. In this chapter, we examine different sources of publicly available electronic data, briefly discuss the ways in which alternative data sources can be used, and forward a system for organizing the data you collect.
One question that might immediately come to you is, Why is this chapter near the end ...