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Table 4 Percentage of responses by QHES question

From: Cost analyses of obesity in Canada: scope, quality, and implications

  QHES % Reponses
1 Was the study objective presented in a clear, specific, and measurable manner? 100%
2 Were the perspective of the analysis (societal, third-party payer, etc.) and reasons for its selection stated? 100%
3 Were variable estimates used in the analysis from the best available source (i.e., randomized control trial - best, expert opinion - worst)? 100%
4 If estimates came from a subgroup analysis, were the groups prespecified at the beginning of the study? 100%
5 Was uncertainty handled by (1) statistical analysis to address random events, (2) sensitivity analysis to cover a range of assumptions? 50%
6 Was incremental analysis performed between alternatives for resources and costs? 10%
7 Was the methodology for data abstraction (including the value of health states and other benefits) stated? 100%
8 Did the analytic horizon allow time for all relevant and important outcomes? Were benefits and costs that went beyond 1 year discounted (3% to 5%) and justification given for the discount rate? 100%
9 Was the measurement of costs appropriate and the methodology for the estimation of quantities and unit costs clearly described? 90%
10 Were the primary outcome measure(s) for the economic evaluation clearly stated and did they include the major short-term was justification given for the measures/scales used? 100%
11 Were the health outcomes measures/scales valid and reliable? If previously tested valid and reliable measures were not available, was justification given for the measures/scales used? 100%
12 Were the economic model (including structure), study methods and analysis, and the components of the numerator and denominator displayed in a clear, transparent manner? 90%
13 Were the choice of economic model, main assumptions, and limitations of the study stated and justified? 100%
14 Did the author(s) explicitly discuss direction and magnitude of potential biases? 100%
15 Were the conclusions/recommendations of the study justified and based on the study results? 100%
16 Was there a statement disclosing the source of funding for the study? 70%