The easy thing is to memorize this chart and pick out the keywords from the questions. These are easy to get correct.
|Cost-minimization||Drugs are equal||Only cost is considered. For example, choosing which ACEI goes on the formulary|
|Cost-effectiveness||Drugs are not equal, $$$||Looking at outcomes (decrease in BP, decrease in glucose). For example, deciding between classes like ARBs and ACEIs.|
|Cost-benefit||Used to evaluate programs, not drugs||Outcome expressed as benefit: cost|
|Cost-utility||Looking at life years||Usually expressed in QALYs (quality-adjusted life years)|