Quality of Health Economic Evaluations in Mainland China: A Comparison of Peer-Reviewed Articles in Chinese and in English

Cheng, Jiehua, Zhang, Yu, Zhong, Ailin, Tian, Miao, Zou, Guanyang, Chen, Xiaping, Yu, Hongxing, Song, Fujian and Zhou, Shangcheng (2021) Quality of Health Economic Evaluations in Mainland China: A Comparison of Peer-Reviewed Articles in Chinese and in English. Applied Health Economics and Health Policy. ISSN 1175-5652

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Abstract

Objective: Our objective was to assess the incidence and quality of reporting of published health economic evaluations in mainland China and compare the quality of peer-reviewed articles in Chinese and English. Methods: A comprehensive search was conducted for economic evaluations pertaining to China published from 2006 to 2015 using the PubMed, CBM, CMCC, CNKI, VIP, and Wanfang databases. All studies in English that met the inclusion criteria were included. For studies in Chinese, 200 sampled studies were included according to the random seeds method, and the same number of the most-cited studies in Chinese as those in English were included according to the number of citations and journal grades. Researchers independently assessed the quality of the studies using the Consolidated Health Economic Evaluation Reporting Standards (CHEERS) checklist. Results: After literature search and screening, a total of 310 studies were identified. The majority of these studies were cost-effectiveness studies (82.26%). Scores among different CHEERS items varied greatly. There was a gap between the average quality scores of the studies published in Chinese and those published in English (49.78 ± 9.31 vs. 82.48 ± 17.69) and between the average quality scores of the included most-cited studies in Chinese and English, which was slightly smaller (54.08 ± 10.27 vs. 82.48 ± 17.69). The methods, results, and discussion sections of studies published in Chinese were of low quality. Conclusion: The quality of reporting of health economic evaluations in mainland China has developed slowly. Most of the included studies were incomplete in the presentation of content, making the results less reliable. It is important to standardize and improve the quality of Chinese health economic research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: economics and econometrics,health policy,sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2000/2002
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2021 00:59
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2021 16:51
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/81498
DOI: 10.1007/s40258-021-00674-0

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