Limited resources in health care mean that the value of counselling is decided in a highly competitive economic arena. Keith Tolley and Nancy Rowland have written a practical guide to the basic principles of evaluating cost-effectiveness to enable counsellors and service providers to carry out analysis for themselves. They provide helpful definitions of technical terms and use case studies to demonstrate how to apply the theory in different contexts.
Part I The principles of economic evaluation 1 The economic evaluation of counselling 2 Economics, ethics and counselling 3 The main types of economic evaluation 4 The components of an economic evaluation: cost-effectiveness analysis 5 The cost-effectiveness of counselling: reviewing the evidence Part II The practice of economic evaluation, 6 Pre-analysis stage: problem definition, objectives and options 7 Data collection I: study design 8 Data collection II: cost measurement 9 Data collection IE: outcome measurement 10 Analysing cost-effectiveness data 11 Counselling case studies
`a useful introduction to the principles of economic analyses in health care' British Medical Journal