When Not All That Counts Can Be Counted: Economic Evaluations And The Value Of Vaccination.

TitleWhen Not All That Counts Can Be Counted: Economic Evaluations And The Value Of Vaccination.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsSchwartz, JL, Mahmoud, A
JournalHealth Aff (Millwood)
Volume35
Issue2
Pagination208-11
Date Published2016 Feb
ISSN1544-5208
KeywordsCost-Benefit Analysis, Health Care Costs, Humans, Immunization Programs, Vaccination
Abstract

<p>With vaccination efforts forced to compete for scarce resources at a time when national health budgets, global health resources, and the global donor community are facing considerable strains, advocates of vaccines have sought to better identify, measure, and articulate the value of vaccination. Critics of current analyses of the value of vaccination argue that a broader view is required, one that includes the additional economic benefits of vaccines or acknowledges the social and ethical aims advanced by vaccination programs. Much of this work has paid inadequate attention to the need to apply any expanded view of value consistently across medical interventions, to the close and complex integration of vaccination efforts with other health initiatives, and to the fact that subjectivity and judgments are present in quantitative and qualitative evidence alike. To fully realize the value of vaccination, far more attention, investment, and research are required to better understand the deliberations and decision-making processes by which any kind of evidence is translated into policy. </p>

DOI10.1377/hlthaff.2015.1438
Alternate JournalHealth Aff (Millwood)
PubMed ID26858371