The reporting quality of the publications included in the synthesis set was determined by assessing how many of the 24 key criteria contained in the Consolidated Health Economic Evaluation Reporting Standards (CHEERS) checklist were met [22]. This checklist was selected based on its endorsement by several journals as a guideline on how to report a health economic evaluation. The 24 criteria items are divided according to title and abstract (2 items); introduction (1 item); methods (14 items); results (4 items), and discussion (3 items). When scoring publications against the CHEERS checklist, items that completely met the criteria were given a score of 1, while a score of 0 was given to items that did not meet the criteria. If an item only partially met the criteria, it was also given a score of 0. In individual studies, some of the criteria items were deemed as not applicable. For example, if the evaluation was performed alongside a trial without the use of a model, aspects such as choice of model (item 15), and assumptions underlying the model (item 16), were not applicable. Furthermore, if the evaluation was a cost analysis only, the measure of effectiveness (item 11) was not applicable. Therefore, only criteria items relevant to the publication counted towards the calculation of its overall compliance. To assess the overall compliance of a publication with the checklist, the proportion of criteria items that were met were calculated, based on a total number of applicable criteria items in the checklist. If > 75% of the criteria items were met, publications were classified as high quality; if between 50% and 75% of the items were met, they were classified as medium quality; and if < 50% of the items were met, they were classified as low quality.

The reporting quality did not play any role in the inclusion or exclusion of publications; all publications meeting the inclusion criteria had their quality assessed as described above.

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