Two Examples of Economic Analyses of Weight Loss Interventions

Publish Date: 2012
Author(s): Eric Finkelstein, PhD, MHA


Economic evaluation is a framework that assists individuals in their decision-making process, with the ultimate goal of helping inform them about how best to allocate scarce resources. For those who focus on net costs and time to break even, cost-minimization studies are most relevant. Those who also want to consider health improvements of the target population should choose the cost-effectiveness analysis method. Dr Finkelstein discusses two studies—one that evaluates the effectiveness of a stepped-care weight-loss intervention program (cost-effectiveness analysis) and another that estimates the break-even time and 5-year costs of laparoscopic adjustable gastric band surgery (cost-minimization analysis).
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Eric Finkelstein, PhD, MHA

Duke University and National University of Singapore, Health Services and Systems Research Program, Singapore/USA
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