Anna García-Altés

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The economic evaluation of health technologies has become a major tool in health policy in Europe for prioritizing the allocation of health resources and the approval of new technologies. The objective of this proposal was to develop guidelines for the economic evaluation of health technologies in Spain. A group of researchers specialized in economic(More)
The rising demand for health care, together with the scarce available resources, has increased the use of economic analysis as a support tool for policy making. The objective of this study was to make a description of economic evaluation studies carried out in Spain and published during the last 20 years, and to assess their quality. A systematic(More)
AIMS The objective of this study was to estimate the social cost of the consumption of illegal drugs in Spain. DESIGN We performed a cost-of-illness study, using a prevalence approximation and a societal perspective. The estimation of costs and consequences referred to 1997. As direct costs we included health-care costs, prevention, continuing education,(More)
Over the last few years, economic evaluation of health technologies has become a major tool used by European health policy decision-makers to create strategies for prioritizing the allocation of health resources and the approval of new technologies. Spain was a pioneer in proposing the standardization of methodology applicable to economic evaluation(More)
BACKGROUND The allocation of limited available healthcare resources demands an agreed rational allocation principle and the consequent priority setting. We assessed the association between economic evaluations of healthcare interventions published in Spain (1983-2008) and the disease burden in the population. METHODS Electronic databases (e.g.,(More)
INTRODUCTION During the twentieth century, vaccination has been one of the measures of greatest public health impact. Vaccine administration has helped reduce the burden of disease and mortality from infectious diseases. At present, there is increasing concern about infectious diseases and the ability of health systems to control them, highlighting the need(More)
AIM To review respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), passive immunoprophylaxis (PI) trials and meta-analysis (MA). METHODS A literature review. RESULTS Two MA of PI were found. Overall 3927 patients were randomized. PI reduces RSV hospitalization in patients with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (RR 0.58; 95% CI 0.41, 0.82) and with acyanotic congenital heart(More)
BACKGROUND Among traumatic injuries, spinal cord injuries (SCI) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are of major importance because of their epidemiological and economic impact on society. The overall objective of this study was to estimate the economic cost associated with people with SCI and TBI in Spain in 2007. METHODS A cost-of-illness analysis was(More)
BACKGROUND The objective of this study was to analyse inequalities in cirrhosis mortality at individual and area levels, using data from Barcelona for two time periods. METHODS Deaths from cirrhosis in Barcelona of men and women aged 25-74 years during the periods 1992-97 and 1998-2004 were included in the study. A multilevel Poisson regression analysis(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to estimate healthcare resource utilization, work absenteeism and cost per patient with pandemic influenza (H1N1)2009, from its beginning to March 2010, in Spain. We also estimated the economic impact on healthcare services. METHODS AND FINDINGS Longitudinal, descriptive, multicenter study of in- and outpatients with(More)