The 7-day online ‘Foundations’ Workshop includes comprehensive coverage of all key issues in the methods and practice of economic evaluation. It is designed for those, new to the field, wishing to appreciate and appraise studies done by others, or requiring a foundation for more advanced study. It includes discussion of the main design features of studies, such as costing methods, health state preference valuation, integrating economic analysis with clinical trials and modelling approaches. Also, given the increasing demands for studies by health care decision makers, such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK, there is in-depth discussion of official requirements and the perspectives of decision makers. The wide range of countries and work backgrounds represented among the participants provides an opportunity to learn from a wide range of experiences.
The lectures are given by Professors Michael Drummond, Andrea Manca and Mark Sculpher. In addition, there are a number of practical exercises, which provide the opportunity to learn by ‘doing’, and ample time for questions and discussion.
During the workshop, participants will develop these foundation skills in economic evaluation:
- Learn how to judge the quality of a published study
- Understand how to identify, measure, summarise and handle cost data
- Appreciate the different ways of valuing health benefits and their pros and cons
- Learn how to structure a decision tree and to populate a Markov model
- Understand how to collect and analyse economic data alongside clinical studies
- Appreciate how economic evaluation is being used in health care decision-making Worldwide