Cost-effectiveness of whole-of-community obesity prevention programs: an overview of the evidence

Flego, Anna, Keating, Catherine and Moodie, Marj 2014, Cost-effectiveness of whole-of-community obesity prevention programs: an overview of the evidence, Expert review of pharmacoeconomics & outcomes research, vol. 14, no. 5, pp. 719-727, doi: 10.1586/14737167.2014.953933.

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Title Cost-effectiveness of whole-of-community obesity prevention programs: an overview of the evidence
Author(s) Flego, Anna
Keating, Catherine
Moodie, MarjORCID iD for Moodie, Marj
Journal name Expert review of pharmacoeconomics & outcomes research
Volume number 14
Issue number 5
Start page 719
End page 727
Total pages 9
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1744-8379
Keyword(s) cost–effectiveness
economic evaluation
obesity prevention
whole-of-community programs
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Health Care Sciences & Services
Health Policy & Services
Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Summary Whole-of-community obesity prevention programs that impact on multiple players and promote community capacity show promise as an important strategy in the fight against global obesity. This paper reviews the economic evaluation literature of multifaceted, community based obesity prevention programs. There are few cost effectiveness studies. Whilst results to date are encouraging, there is considerable uncertainty surrounding the long term results given the lack of evidence regarding sustainability of program effect and a consequent reliance on economic modeling to fill the gaps. More empirical studies of longer duration are needed to demonstrate the longer term effectiveness and cost effectiveness of these programs, and to facilitate identification of the elements necessary for their sustainability.
Language eng
DOI 10.1586/14737167.2014.953933
Field of Research 111711 Health Information Systems (incl Surveillance)
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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