Other Economic Search Resources

The table below shows searches within key databases for scholarly published literature relevant to costs of palliative care. Where possible, links are provided containing pre-created searches to take you directly to database results.

Databases for scholarly information

Database About Suggested Search
Embase Requires institutional subscription

Large online biomedical and pharmacological  bibliographic database.
For Embase on Ovid:

For a sensitive search, use:

(terminally ill patient/ or living will/ or exp attitude to death/ or exp bereavement/ or exp terminal care/ or hospice/ or supportive care.mp. or exp palliative therapy/ or palliat$.tw. or hospice$.tw. or "terminal care".tw.) and (cost$ or economic$ or fee or fees or price$ or expenditure or budget$ or financial$ or fund or funds or funding).mp.

For a more specific search, use:

((Terminal care or hospice$).mp. or palliat$.tw.) and (cost$.mp. or fee/ or economic$.sh.)


Requires institutional subscription

Large online bibliographic database containing broad overview of global, interdisciplinary scientific information. 

Suggested search terms to use:

in TITLE-ABS-KEY fields: (palliative care OR terminal care OR end  of life care OR  bereavement) AND (cost OR costs OR economic). Can limit e.g. to subject areas Medicine / Nursing / Social Sciences / Health Professions. 

EconLit Requires institutional subscription

American Economic Association's source for economic research citations and abstracts.
Suggested search terms to use:

(palliative care or terminal care or "end of life care" or "end of life treatment$" or "death and dying" or bereavement or hospice$ or terminally ill or supportive care or advance care plan$ or (end of life and (qaly or health))).mp. AND (cost* or price* or budget* or fund* or spend* or expend* or pricing).mp.
IDEAS Free online
Research in Economics, RePEc, which includes bibliographic metadata from over 1,800 participating archives.
Suggested search

HSRProj - Health Services Research Projects in Progress Database Free online.
Information about ongoing health services research and public health projects
Suggested Search terms

end of life AND cost / palliative care AND cost / terminal  care AND cost / hospice and cost
NICE Evidence Search Free online
 UK Health Evidence site.
Search for Palliative Care Cost / Terminal Care Cost / Hospice Cost / "End of Life" Care  Cost
Health Systems Evidence Free online.
Canadian repository of syntheses of research evidence about governance, financial and delivery arrangements within health systems, and about implementation strategies that can support change in health systems.
Suggested search

Google Scholar Free online
Searches published research (articles and books) worldwide
Search for documents about costs and economic aspects of palliative care (using the terms: (palliative care OR terminal care OR end of life care OR hospice) AND (cost or economic)
Informit Health Collection Requires institutional subscription.
Australian database covering health policy and services and the social, psychological, legal and ethical issues associated with health. 
Suggested searches

Palliative care: ("palliative care" OR "terminal care" OR hospice OR "end of life" OR bereavement) AND (cost OR costs OR economic OR economics OR fund OR expenditure)
Web of Science Requires institutional subscription.
Large database, containing information in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.
Suggested searches

Palliative care: TS=(("palliative care" OR "terminal care" OR hospice OR "end of life care" OR bereavement)) AND TS=(cost OR costs OR economic OR economics)


The table below shows searches across producers of grey literature relevant to health economics, such as government agencies, research centres, health policy related organisations and health care provider organisations. Where possible, links are provided containing pre-created searches to take you directly to database results.

General Searching for grey literature

Database About Suggested Search
Google Free online general search engine Search for documents about costs and economic aspects of palliative care (using the terms: (palliative care OR terminal care OR end of life care OR hospice) AND (cost or economic)
Australian Policy Online: Research and Evidence base Free online.
Provides access to full text research reports and papers, statistics and other resources for public policy in Australia and New Zealand.
Search for Australian policy documents on Palliative Care

 Selected Health Economics Journals

Learning More about Health Economics Information Resources

The National Library of Medicine (U.S.)  provides a free online course on searching for Health Economics Information.

The Health Technology Assessment international (HTAi) Information Resources Group provides a free online resource ("vortal") including a section on how to search for Costs and economic evaluation information.


Last updated 02 February 2017