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An introduction to the basic principles of health economics for those involved in the development and delivery of headache care


David Kernick MD, FRCGP, General Practitioner, St Thomas Health Centre, Cowick Street, Exeter EX4 1HJ, UK. E-mail


Against a background of increasing demands on limited resources, health economics is gaining an increasing impact on decision making and a basic understanding of the subject is important for all those involved in headache research and service delivery at whatever level. This paper is not intended as a review of the literature in the area of headache economics but discusses some general principles of health economics from the perspective of headache, with a focus on cost of illness studies and economic evaluation.