Facilitators and barriers to the use of economic evaluations in nutrition and public health

South Eastern European Journal of Public Health (SEEJPH)

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Title Facilitators and barriers to the use of economic evaluations in nutrition and public health
Creator Lafranconi, Alessandra
Meusel, Vera
Caldeira, Sandra
Babich, Suzanne
Czabanowska, Katarzyna
Subject economic evaluations
public health
public policy
Description Aims: Interventions targeting diets have the potential to reduce a consistent fraction of the chronic disease burden. Economic evaluations of such interventions can be an important tool in guiding public health practitioners and decision makers at various levels, yet there are still not many economic evaluations in this area. This qualitative study explored facilitators and barriers in conducting and using economic analyses to inform decision makers in the field of public health nutrition.
Methods: Data were collected through written, open-ended questionnaires administered to twenty-three participants (13 from academia and 10 from government) using purposive sampling and analysed through a conventional content analysis.
Results: The analysis revealed two broad categories of barriers, which included: i) “Methodological challenges”, and; ii) “Barriers related to application of economic evaluations.” Two main categories of facilitators were also identified: i) “Facilitators to improving the methodology of economic evaluations”, with subcategories further detailing frameworks and methods to be applied, and; ii) “Facilitators to broaden the use of economic evaluations”, with most subcategories addressing science-into-policy translations. These barriers and facilitators to the use of economic evaluations in public health are perceived differently by researchers and policymakers, the former more focused on implementation aspects, the latter more concerned by methodological gaps.
Conclusion: Public health nutrition policies seldom take into account data from formal economic evaluations. Economic evaluation methodologies can be improved to ensure their broader application to decision making.
Conflicts of interest: None declared.
Acknowledgements: The work of AL is partially supported by a Jean Monnet Erasmus+ grant (574376-EPP-1-2016-1-IT-EPPJMO-MODULE).
Publisher Jacobs Verlag
Date 2020-01-13
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Format application/pdf
Identifier https://www.seejph.com/index.php/seejph/article/view/3271
Source South Eastern European Journal of Public Health (SEEJPH); Volume XIII, 2020
South Eastern European Journal of Public Health (SEEJPH); Volume XIII, 2020
Language eng
Relation https://www.seejph.com/index.php/seejph/article/view/3271/3357
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Alessandra Lafranconi, Vera Meusel, Sandra Caldeira, Suzanne Babich, Katarzyna Czabanowska

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