Category Archives: Health economics

HERC newsletter

The latest newsletter from the Health Economics Research Centre (HERC) at the University of Oxford has been published. The newsletter highlights two recently published studies on the costs of obesity to NHS England; some current projects, including one of the cost-effectiveness of genomic information and a project on economic evaluation in factorial randomised trials. There are also updates on staffing and recent activity.

Economic costs of diet and low physical activity

The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies have produced a report on assessing the economic costs of unhealthy diets and low physical activity. The study examines the evidence on the economic burden of these lifestyle characteristics and explores definitions of the terms and the complexity of estimating the economic burden. The review finds that existing studies underestimate the true economic burden by not including indirect costs. The study also tests the feasibility of using a disease-based approach to estimate the costs of unhealthy diets and low physical activity.

Candari, C.J., Cylus, J. and Nolte, E. (2017) ‘Assessing the economic costs of unhealthy diets and low physical activity: an evidence review and proposed framework’, WHO Health Policy Series No.47, Copenhagen, Denmark: European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.

NICE statement on EQ-5D-5L

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have issued a position statement on the use of the EQ-5D-5L valuation set. The statement recommends not using the 5L valuation set for evidence submissions to NICE that use cost-utility analyses. Preference should be given to the EQ-5D-3L valuation set. The full statement gives more detail on the decision from the NICE Decision Support Unit.

NIHR Signal on public health investments

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Signals are a series of research summaries of published NIHR research findings. This Signal highlights research on the return on investment of public health interventions. The systematic review found that each £1 invested in public health interventions offered an average return on investment to the wider health and social care economy of £14.

AUHE summer newsletter

The Academic Unit of Health Economics at the University of Leeds have produced their Summer 2017 newsletter. The newsletter features upcoming events, staffing news and recent publications. There is also news of the tenth anniversary celebrations; updates on on-going trials on penicillin allergy, on metastatic melanoma treatment and a cardiac arrest treatment device; a spotlight on Professor Paul Kind who has just received the IPSOR lifetime achievement award; and news of a course on the economic evaluation of diagnostic tests.