Jeffrey T. Lee; Lisa A. Sanchez
To the Editors: The article by Udvarhelyi and colleagues (1) highlights the methodologic inadequacies of economic analyses in the medical literature. Failure to adhere to basic methodologic principles and inappropriate use of economic terminology are not limited to the medical literature (2).
We assessed the methodologic soundness of 65 articles in six pharmacy journals from 1985 to 1990, using a process similar to that used by Udvarhelyi and colleagues. We used 10 criteria suggested by Drummond and colleagues (3) to assess whether appropriate methodologic techniques were used in each of the 65 articles. Additionally, we assessed the use of the
Lee JT, Sanchez LA. Scientific Rigor of Economic Analyses. Ann Intern Med. ;117:172. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-117-2-172_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(2):172.
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