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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(4), 1622-1648; doi:10.3390/ijerph7041622

Economic Evaluation and Transferability of Physical Activity Programmes in Primary Prevention: A Systematic Review

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Helmholtz Zentrum München, German Research Center for Environmental Health, Institute of Health Economics and Health Care Management, Ingolstädter Landstraße 1, 85764 Neuherberg, Germany
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Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Institute of Health Economics and Health Care Management and Munich Center of Health Sciences, Ludwigstr. 28 RG, 80539 München, Germany
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Received: 18 February 2010 / Revised: 29 March 2010 / Accepted: 6 April 2010 / Published: 9 April 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Economics)
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Abstract

This systematic review aims to assess the characteristics of, and the clinical and economic evidence provided by, economic evaluations of primary preventive physical exercise interventions, and to analyse their transferability to Germany using recommended checklists. Fifteen economic evaluations from seven different countries met eligibility criteria, with seven of the fifteen providing high economic evidence in the special country context. Most of the identified studies conclude that the investigated intervention provide good value for money compared with alternatives. However, this review shows a high variability of the costing methods between the studies, which limits comparability, generalisability and transferability of the results. View Full-Text
Keywords: economic evaluation; cost-effectiveness; physical activity intervention; transferability; cost-utility; primary prevention economic evaluation; cost-effectiveness; physical activity intervention; transferability; cost-utility; primary prevention
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Wolfenstetter, S.B.; Wenig, C.M. Economic Evaluation and Transferability of Physical Activity Programmes in Primary Prevention: A Systematic Review. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7, 1622-1648.

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