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Keywords:

  • Cost-effectiveness;
  • Methods;
  • Results

Summary: This article provides an overview of methods used and findings from economic analyses in epilepsy. Cost-effectiveness studies have evaluated different drugs for monotherapy and add-on therapy, and compared alternative treatment modalities for refractory epilepsy. The methodological characteristics of these studies are examined, and their results are compared and interpreted. Health outcome measures are defined and data sources described. Methods for assessing the direct and indirect costs, and/or cost savings, with a treatment's use, are explored. Directions for future research are identified and discussed.