Presentation Blocks: 03-22-2018 - Thursday - 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Title: Economic Evaluation of School Health Programmes: A Systematic Mapping Review (2005-2015)


Fernanda Oliveira (Presenter)
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Efigênia Ferreira, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Andreia Drummond, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Andrea Vargas, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Sónia Dias, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Zulmira Hartz, Universidade Nova de Lisboa


Objectives: The economic evaluation has gained popularity in recent years but, to be useful, it must be conducted and reported accurately. The aim of this study was to perform a systematic mapping review identifying published articles about the economic evaluation of school health programmes, discuss how these studies were conducted and identifying gaps in the literature for further revisions or research to be planned.

Methods: A systematic mapping review was carried out in August 2015.We screened the electronic database PubMed/Medline for studies published between August 6th, 2005 and August 3rd, 2015. Keyword and MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) searches were conducted to assess studies that performed an economic evaluation of school health programs. The search strategy included the terms "cost", "economic evaluation", "school health services", "school health", "school health promotion" and "school health program. The language was restricted to English, Spanish and Portuguese. The articles selection and analyzes were conducted independently by two reviewers.

Results: Initially, 377 citations were identified. Thirty-five studies were qualified for the final review analysis. The studies addressed ten different countries and cost-effectiveness was the most economic evaluation used. The narrative synthesis gathered the selected studies in nine groups, demonstrating a high heterogeneity of methods and results in the economic analyzes performed.

Conclusions: There is evidence that school health programmes can bring benefits to the target population and society. The gathered information in this article can contribute to performing economic evaluation studies and improving programmes.