Economic evaluation of integrated new technologies for health and social care: suggestions for policy makers, users and evaluators

Wildman, John, McMeekin, Peter, Grieve, Eleanor and Briggs, Andrew (2016) Economic evaluation of integrated new technologies for health and social care: suggestions for policy makers, users and evaluators. Social Science and Medicine, 169. pp. 141-148. ISSN 0277-9536

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Abstract

With an ageing population there is a move towards the use of assisted living technologies (ALTs) to provide social care and health care services, and to improve service processes. These technologies are at the forefront of the integration of health and social care. However, economic evaluations of ALTs, and indeed economic evaluations of any interventions providing both health benefits and benefits beyond health are complex. This paper considers the challenges faced by evaluators and presents a method of economic evaluation for use with interventions where traditional methods may not be suitable for informing funders and decision makers. We propose a method, combining economic evaluation techniques, that can accommodate health outcomes and outcomes beyond health through the use of a common numeraire. Such economic evaluations can benefit both the public and private sector, firstly by ensuring the efficient allocation of resources. And secondly, by providing information for individuals who, in the market for ALTs, face consumption decisions that are infrequent and for which there may be no other sources of information. We consider these issues in the welfarist, extra-welfarist and capabilities framework, which we link to attributes in an individual production model. This approach allows for the valuation of the health component of any such intervention and the valuation of key social care attributes and processes. Finally, we present a set of considerations for evaluators highlighting the key issues that need to be considered in this type of economic evaluation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Assisted Living Technologies; Economic Evaluation; Multi-dimensional outcomes; Attributes; Capabilities; Health and Social Care
Subjects: L100 Economics
L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Public Health and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2016 14:29
Last Modified: 09 May 2017 23:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/27815

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