Historical analysis of pharmacoeconomic terms
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Pharmacoeconomy is a young interdisciplinary science at the intersection of pharmacy, medicine and economics, focusing on the social aspects and implications of different types of pharmacotherapy. Tools used by pharmacoeconomists around the world are unified (Cost of Illness Analysis, Cost-Minimization Analysis, Cost-Effectiveness Analysis, Cost-Utility Analysis, Cost–Benefit Analysis, Budget Impact Analysis). The aim of this work was to analyse bibliometric publications containing basic concepts of pharmacoeconomics and, on the basis thereof, to determine when these terms came into use in the medical literature. Search for publications containing the terms of pharmacoeconomics and methods listed above in English as descriptors. Four selected source databases were used for the analysis: Scopus, Web of Science, Science Direct and PubMed. In all cases, the number of publications is different and we cannot rely on the number of source media in individual databases. All parts of the research indicate an increase in publications containing selected terms in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The results provide an overview of how tools used in pharmacoeconomics are developing. As regards the comparison of our source databases, in all cases it is approximately the same period when the number of publications started to increase.
KeywordsBudget impact Cost–benefit Cost-effectiveness Cost-of-illness Cost-minimization Cost-utility Pharmacoeconomics Publications
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