About the Authors

Aliasghar Ahmad Kiadaliri

aliasghar.ahmad_kiadaliri@med.lu.se

Affiliations Division of Health Economics, Department of Clinical Sciences, Malmö University Hospital, Lund University, Malmö, Sweden, Health Economics & Management, Institute of Economic Research, Lund University, Lund, Sweden, Department of Health Management and Economics, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Ulf-G. Gerdtham

Affiliations Division of Health Economics, Department of Clinical Sciences, Malmö University Hospital, Lund University, Malmö, Sweden, Health Economics & Management, Institute of Economic Research, Lund University, Lund, Sweden, Department of Economics, Lund University, Lund, Sweden

Peter Nilsson

Affiliation Department of Clinical Sciences, Malmö University Hospital, Lund University, Malmö, Sweden

Björn Eliasson

Affiliation Department of Medicine, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

Soffia Gudbjörnsdottir

Affiliation Department of Medicine, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

Katarina Steen Carlsson

Affiliations Division of Health Economics, Department of Clinical Sciences, Malmö University Hospital, Lund University, Malmö, Sweden, Health Economics & Management, Institute of Economic Research, Lund University, Lund, Sweden

Competing Interests

An unrestricted educational grant from Novo Nordisk Ltd is gratefully acknowledged. This funding does not alter the authors' adherence to all the PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: AAK U-GG KSC. Analyzed the data: AAK U-GG KSC. Wrote the paper: AAK U-GG PN BE SG KSC.