- •Clinical guidelines are a common intervention in the healthcare sector designed to improve the quality and consistency of care. Nevertheless, unlike other healthcare interventions they are not usually assessed for their economic efficiency. This can be done by performing an economic evaluation comparing the cost of development with subsequent changes in practice.
- •Previous research has shown that patient blood management guidelines are effective at reducing unnecessary blood transfusions. This article determines whether developing such guidelines are an efficient use of resources by comparing the cost of developing a set of national clinical guidelines with estimated changes in resource use.
- •This article highlights that developing and publishing high quality clinical guidelines can positively influence practice and be a cost saving intervention if the guideline’s recommendations pertain to a reduction in resource use.
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