Reply to Roberts et al.: CHEERS is Sufficient for Reporting Cost-Benefit Analysis, but May Require Further Elaboration Academic Article uri icon


  • Roberts and colleagues make the point that our Consolidated Health Economic Evaluation Reporting Standards (CHEERS) checklist may be insufficient for reporting cost-benefit analysis (CBA) in biomedical journals. In particular, they believe CHEERS may need an extension to supplement potentially missing reporting items required for CBA [1].We were pleased to hear CHEERS was suitable for reporting a cost-utility analysis (CUA) of the same intervention and that the concerns raised are practical, rather than theoretical, and came from using the checklist. CHEERS is still a relatively new instrument that has enjoyed steady uptake, having been cited over five times a month since its publication in 2013 and endorsed in 12 journals (that we are aware of). We would encourage all authors, editors and peer reviewers to provide feedback to the CHEERS Task Force to help improve it after reading our explanation and elaboration document [2] and putting the CHEERS checklist to practical use.However, we ...

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  • January 1, 2015