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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(10), 10606-10621; doi:10.3390/ijerph111010606

Potential Transferability of Economic Evaluations of Programs Encouraging Physical Activity in Children and Adolescents across Different Countries—A Systematic Review of the Literature

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Munich School of Management and Munich Center of Health Sciences, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich 80539, Germany
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Institute for Health Economics and Health Care Management, Helmholtz Zentrum München (GmbH)—German Research Center for Environmental Health, Neuherberg 85764, Germany 
Received: 11 August 2014 / Revised: 22 September 2014 / Accepted: 28 September 2014 / Published: 15 October 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Economics)
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Physical inactivity is an increasing problem. Owing to limited financial resources, one method of getting information on the cost-effectiveness of different types of prevention programs is to examine existing programs and their results. The aim of this paper is to give an overview of the transferability of cost-effectiveness results of physical activity programs for children and adolescents to other contexts. Based on a systematic review of the literature, the transferability of the studies found was assessed using a sub-checklist of the European Network of Health Economic Evaluation Databases (EURONHEED). Thirteen studies of different physical activity interventions were found and analyzed. The results for transferability ranged from “low” to “very high”. A number of different factors influence a program’s cost-effectiveness (i.e., discount rate, time horizon, etc.). Therefore, transparency with regard to these factors is one fundamental element in the transferability of the results. A major point of criticism is that transferability is often limited because of lack of transparency. This paper is the first to provide both an overview and an assessment of transferability of economic evaluations of existing programs encouraging physical activity in children and adolescents. This allows decision makers to gain an impression on whether the findings are transferable to their decision contexts, which may lead to time and cost savings. View Full-Text
Keywords: review; economic evaluation; physical activity; children and adolescents; primary prevention; health promotion; transferability review; economic evaluation; physical activity; children and adolescents; primary prevention; health promotion; transferability
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Korber, K. Potential Transferability of Economic Evaluations of Programs Encouraging Physical Activity in Children and Adolescents across Different Countries—A Systematic Review of the Literature. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 10606-10621.

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