Chapter 13. Complex Problems or Simple Solutions? Enhancing Evidence-Based Economics to Reflect Reality

  1. Ian Shemilt Senior Research Associate3,
  2. Miranda Mugford Professor3,
  3. Luke Vale Professor4,
  4. Kevin Marsh Head5 and
  5. Cam Donaldson Yunus Chair NIHR Senior Investigator6
  1. Chantale Lessard Health Research Fellow1 and
  2. Stephen Birch Professor2

Published Online: 5 MAY 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320398.ch13

Evidence-Based Decisions and Economics: Health Care, Social Welfare, Education and Criminal Justice, Second Edition

Evidence-Based Decisions and Economics: Health Care, Social Welfare, Education and Criminal Justice, Second Edition

How to Cite

Lessard, C. and Birch, S. (2010) Complex Problems or Simple Solutions? Enhancing Evidence-Based Economics to Reflect Reality, in Evidence-Based Decisions and Economics: Health Care, Social Welfare, Education and Criminal Justice, Second Edition (eds I. Shemilt, M. Mugford, L. Vale, K. Marsh and C. Donaldson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320398.ch13

Editor Information

  1. 3

    School of Medicine, Health Policy and Practice, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

  2. 4

    Health Economics Research Unit and Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK

  3. 5

    The Matrix Knowledge Group, London, UK

  4. 6

    Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Health Administration, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada

  2. 2

    Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 MAY 2010
  2. Published Print: 9 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405191531

Online ISBN: 9781444320398

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Keywords:

  • enhancing evidence-based economics - reflecting reality;
  • establishing evidence of effectiveness - evidence-based approach to decision making;
  • health care decision making - reality and complexity;
  • changing research paradigms - enhancing problem solving;
  • economic analysis field - implications

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Reality and complexity in health care decision making

  • Changing research paradigms: reversing reductionist thinking to enhance problem solving

  • Implications for the field of economic analysis

  • Conclusion

  • References