AMEE guide no. 123 - How to read studies of educational costs

S Maloney (Corresponding Author), D A Cook, R Golub, J Foo, J Cleland, G Rivers, M G Tolsgaard, D Evans, M E Abdalla, K Walsh

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Abstract

Healthcare and health professions education share many of the same problems in decision making. In both cases, there is a finite amount of resources, and so choices need to be made between alternatives. To navigate the options available requires effective decision making. Choosing one option requires consideration of its opportunity cost - the benefit forgone of the other competing options. The purpose of this abridged AMEE guide is to introduce educational decision-makers to the economic concept of cost, and how to read studies about educational costs to inform effective cost-conscious decision-making. This guide leads with a brief review of study designs commonly utilized in this field of research, followed by an overview of how study findings are commonly presented. The tutorial will then offer a four-step model for appraising and considering the results of an economic evaluation. It asks the questions: (1) Can I trust the results? (2) What are the results telling me? (3) Could the results be transferred to my context? (4) Should I change my practice?

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-504
Number of pages8
JournalMedical Teacher
Volume41
Issue number5
Early online date22 Feb 2019
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Publication statusPublished - 2019

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  • ECONOMIC-EVALUATION
  • HEALTH-CARE
  • GENERALIZABILITY
  • RECOMMENDATIONS
  • QUALITY

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Maloney, S., Cook, D. A., Golub, R., Foo, J., Cleland, J., Rivers, G., ... Walsh, K. (2019). AMEE guide no. 123 - How to read studies of educational costs. Medical Teacher, 41(5), 497-504. https://doi.org/10.1080/0142159X.2018.1552784

AMEE guide no. 123 - How to read studies of educational costs. / Maloney, S (Corresponding Author); Cook, D A; Golub, R; Foo, J; Cleland, J; Rivers, G; Tolsgaard, M G; Evans, D; Abdalla, M E; Walsh, K.

In: Medical Teacher, Vol. 41, No. 5, 2019, p. 497-504.

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Maloney, S, Cook, DA, Golub, R, Foo, J, Cleland, J, Rivers, G, Tolsgaard, MG, Evans, D, Abdalla, ME & Walsh, K 2019, 'AMEE guide no. 123 - How to read studies of educational costs', Medical Teacher, vol. 41, no. 5, pp. 497-504. https://doi.org/10.1080/0142159X.2018.1552784
Maloney, S ; Cook, D A ; Golub, R ; Foo, J ; Cleland, J ; Rivers, G ; Tolsgaard, M G ; Evans, D ; Abdalla, M E ; Walsh, K. / AMEE guide no. 123 - How to read studies of educational costs. In: Medical Teacher. 2019 ; Vol. 41, No. 5. pp. 497-504.
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