DIRUM team members are Colin Ridyard, Dyfrig Hughes, William Hollingworth, Sian Noble, Joanna Thorn, Joanna Coast, David Whitehurst, and Martin Knapp.
Health Economics Letter
Taxonomy for Methods of Resource Use Measurement
Version of Record online: 20 JAN 2014
Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 24, Issue 3, pages 372–378, March 2015
How to Cite
DIRUM Team (2015), Taxonomy for Methods of Resource Use Measurement, Health Econ., 24, 372–378, doi: 10.1002/hec.3029, , and
- Issue online: 23 JAN 2015
- Version of Record online: 20 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 4 DEC 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 12 SEP 2013
- Manuscript Received: 22 NOV 2012
- economic evaluation;
- data collection methods;
- clinical trials;
- cost analysis;
- health technology assessment
Resource use measures, including forms, diaries and questionnaires, are ubiquitous in trial-based economic evaluations in the UK. However, there are concerns about the accuracy of how they are described, which limits the transparency of reporting. We developed a simple and structured taxonomy for methods of resource use measurement by examining 94 resource use measures (RUMs) employed within clinical trials, conducting a descriptive synthesis of the extracted data and soliciting wider opinion during a period of consultation. The reporting of RUMs was found to be varied and inconsistent. Our new taxonomy, which considered the views of 20 consultees, requires that RUMs are reported with a description of the following: (i) the source of data (patient; patient proxy, e.g. carer, parent or guardian; observation of contemporary events; medical records; or other databases); (ii) who completes the RUM (patient or their proxy, and researcher or health care professional); (iii) how it is administered (to self [the patient], face to face or telephone); (iv) how it is recorded (form, questionnaire, log or diary); and (v) medium of recording (e.g. paper or electronically). Based on the present analysis, we have developed a taxonomy for RUMs that should result in data collection methods being described more accurately. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.