Health economics of dengue: A systematic literature review and expert panel's assessment

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Dengue vaccines are currently in development and policymakers need appropriate economic studies to determine their potential financial and public health impact. We searched five databases (PubMed, EMBASE, LILAC, EconLit, and WHOLIS) to identify health economics studies of dengue. Forty-three manuscripts were identified that provided primary data: 32 report economic burden of dengue and nine are comparative economic analyses assessing various interventions. The remaining two were a willingness-to-pay study and a policymaker survey. An expert panel reviewed the existing dengue economic literature and recommended future research to fill information gaps. Although dengue is an important vector-borne disease, the economic literature is relatively sparse and results have often been conflicting because of use of inconsistent assumptions. Health economic research specific to dengue is urgently needed to ensure informed decision making on the various options for controlling and preventing this disease. Copyright © 2011 by The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.




Beatty, M. E., Beutels, P., Meltzer, M. I., Shepard, D. S., Hombach, J., Hutubessy, R., … Kuritsky, J. N. (2011). Health economics of dengue: A systematic literature review and expert panel’s assessment. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 84(3), 473–488.

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