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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(5), 2274-2289; doi:10.3390/ijerph7052274
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Outcome Measurement in Economic Evaluations of Public Health Interventions: a Role for the Capability Approach?

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1 Centre for Health Economics, Building 75, Monash University, Clayton 3800, Victoria, Australia 2 Section of Public Health and Health Policy, 1 Lilybank Gardens, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8RZ, UK
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Received: 5 March 2010 / Revised: 30 April 2010 / Accepted: 4 May 2010 / Published: 6 May 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Economics)
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Abstract

Public health interventions have received increased attention from policy makers, and there has been a corresponding increase in the number of economic evaluations within the domain of public health. However, methods to evaluate public health interventions are less well established than those for medical interventions. Focusing on health as an outcome measure is likely to underestimate the impact of many public health interventions. This paper provides a review of outcome measures in public health; and describes the benefits of using the capability approach as a means to developing an all encompassing outcome measure.
Keywords: economic evaluation; outcome measures; public health; capability approach economic evaluation; outcome measures; public health; capability approach
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Lorgelly, P.K.; Lawson, K.D.; Fenwick, E.A.; Briggs, A.H. Outcome Measurement in Economic Evaluations of Public Health Interventions: a Role for the Capability Approach? Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7, 2274-2289.

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