Suppose you are a health economist at the Virginia Department of Health, and is responsible for the cost-effectiveness analysis for this project.
Assume that the screenings will take place once a year. Evaluate the suggested intervention discussing the following key issues associated with the intervention:
a) The perspective of the study: Consider cost of obesity/eating disorder to the individual with illness or to the society as a whole
b) The intervention time frame: The period should be sufficiently long to cover program start-up phase and full program implementation (with ongoing costs and school schedule).
c) The analysis time frame: You need to decide how long we should wait to see change in outcome of interest if the intervention is successful. For prevention strategies, the time frame should capture all potential costs and benefits of the program. However, you must consider how realistic and feasible data collection will be (i.e., very few outcomes might be detectable within a short period after screening, but very long-term follow up is not feasible).
d) Data on all types of costs to be collected: including costs relating to actual implementation of the treatments.
e) Data on relevant health outcomes within each of the following time frames: short term (e.g., one month), intermediate (e.g., one year), and long term (e.g., 10 years or lifetime). Rank the outcomes identified in (e) on the level of appropriateness for CEA. How feasible is it to obtain data on outcomes you have identified? If too difficult, what
are the alternative outcomes that will still reflect the outcome of interest? What assumptions are you making regarding the alternatives as proxies for outcome of interest?
Outline the recommendations you would make? Support your analysis, evaluation, and recommendations through reference to the existing cost effectiveness literature.
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