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Value for money in social care: the role of economic evidence in the guideline development process of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in England

Bauer, Annette ORCID: 0000-0001-5156-1631, Tinelli, Michela ORCID: 0000-0002-8816-4389, Weatherly, Helen, Anderson, Beth, Li, Bernadette, Naidoo, Bhash, Kettle, Rachel and Knapp, Martin ORCID: 0000-0003-1427-0215 (2021) Value for money in social care: the role of economic evidence in the guideline development process of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in England. Journal of Long-Term Care, 2021. 303 - 317. ISSN 2516-9122

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Identification Number: 10.31389/jltc.84

Abstract

In England, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has been responsible for developing social care guidelines since 2012. Internationally, it is the first health technology assessment and guideline agency that specifically includes social care. As is the case for NICE’s clinical and public health guidance, social care guidelines comprise recommendations based on the best available evidence of effectiveness and cost-effectiveness. This paper provides an overview of how economic evidence is used within social care guideline development. Firstly, the paper describes the guideline development and quality assurance process, in addition to the roles and responsibilities of the technical team and guideline committee members. Secondly, the paper summarises how economic evidence is reviewed, generated, and used to inform recommendations, with examples given to highlight some of the challenges and opportunities that can be encountered. The paper culminates with proposals for the use of economic evidence in social care in England going forward and makes recommendations for further research in this area. The paper posits that guidelines are an important vehicle for supporting evidence-based practice in social care and that economic evidence is a critical kind of evidence to include. As economic evidence in social care becomes more widely available, it can be increasingly used to produce useful and accessible information for decision makers. Further research is needed to understand the impact of implementing economic evidence-based recommendations in social care practice.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://journal.ilpnetwork.org/
Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Health Policy
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2021 10:09
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2022 08:27
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/112164

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