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Table 2 Examples of potentially important resource consequences*

From: SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking (STP) 12: Finding and using research evidence about resource use and costs

1. Changes in use of healthcare resources  
• Policy or programme delivery  
   - Human resources/time  
   - Consumable supplies  
   - Land, buildings, equipment  
• Additional (or fewer) hospitalisations, outpatient visits or home visits  
• Additional (or less) use of laboratory tests or examinations  
• Paid transportation (e.g. emergency transportation)  
2. Changes in use of non-healthcare resources  
• Transportation to healthcare facilities  
• Special diets  
• Social services (e.g. housing, home assistance, occupational training)  
• Home adaptation  
• Crime (such as theft, fraud, violence, police investigation, court costs), for example, in relation to options targeted at drug or alcohol abuse  
3. Changes in use of patient and informal caregiver time  
• Outpatient visits  
• Hospital admissions  
• Time of family or other informal caregivers  
4. Changes in productivity  
• We suggest that changes in productivity and the intrinsic value of changes in health status should be captured in terms of the value or importance attached to health outcomes and should not be included as resource consequences  
  1. * Adapted from Luce and colleagues [10]
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