HERC: What are the steps to conduct economic analyses for implementation research?
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What are the steps to conduct economic analyses for implementation research?

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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

Examples of micro-costing tools from other studies:

(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 John.Fortney@va.gov and Suparna.Rajan@va.gov).

(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.