What are the steps to conduct economic analyses for implementation research?
There are three phases for conducting economic analyses for implementation research: (i) Study Design, (ii) Data Collection, and (iii) Data Analysis.
(i) Study Design
HERC developed these Guidelines for Economic Analysis to consider which form of economic analysis is most appropriate for the implementation/QUERI study.
The most common forms of economic analysis for implementation/QUERI studies include:
(ii) Data Collection
- Develop an Economic Analysis Plan.
- Estimate the costs of implementation, intervention, and consequences following the best practices described in this presentation.
- Create a finder file or crosswalk file to link participants in a study to VA administrative and utilization files.
- To estimate the cost of an intervention, create a tool used for collecting data for micro-costing. Learn more about micro cost»
(Note: This form was used in an implementation trial. See https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2007/jan/06_0058.htm).
(Note: Please direct questions regarding this form to Michael.Palmer8@va.gov.
(iii) Data Analysis
Analyze the data and estimate costs for patients.
This Statistical Program, designed for a past project, provides guidance on how to estimate annualized costs for patients. Users can modify this program, as needed, to identify the appropriate time interval and cost subtotals. In this program, the time interval was set at 1 year. For many projects, shorter time intervals, such as monthly or quarterly intervals, may be appropriate.