Introduction to Economic Evaluation

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Course dates

22 - 24 June 2020

Course duration

3 days (Approximately 16.5 hours of teaching including lectures and practicals)
Registration will begin at 9am on the first day; the course will finish by 4.30pm on the final day.

Course aims 

This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of economic evaluation in health and care. By the end of the course participants will have: an understanding of the theoretical frameworks which guide economic evaluation; knowledge of the methods used to measure and value costs, health and broader outcomes of care; an overview of trials and modelling techniques used to evaluate efficiency; brief practical experience of analysing cost and outcomes data; critical appraisal skills for assessing of published economic evaluations and insight into the role of economic evidence in local and national (i.e. NICE) decision making in England.

Course objectives

By the end of the course participants should be able to  

  1. Understand the rationale for measuring cost-effectiveness within the health and care sectors
  2. Distinguish between different forms of economic evaluation and, in a given context, give an explanation as to which approach should be used
  3. Explain the techniques used to measure and value costs and benefits (including QALYs and capability measures) in an economic evaluation
  4. Understand the basic methods of model-based economic evaluation
  5. interpret the results of an economic evaluation
  6. Critically appraise published economic evaluations
  7. Understand how economic evaluation influences local and national decision-making in England.

Who the course is intended for

The course intended for public health, NHS and social care professionals and researchers who are, or will be, involved in research projects that evaluate the cost-effectiveness of health and care. The course will also be useful for professionals who would like a better understanding of the quality of published economic evaluations and how they feed into local and national decision making.

No previous experience or knowledge of economics is required. Microsoft Excel is used for some practical sessions, but no previous experience with this software is required.    

Course outline

The course contains lectures as well as more informal practical sessions that provide a hands-on introduction to economic evaluation in healthcare. There will be opportunities for participants to appraise published economic evaluations and discuss their own planned and ongoing economic evaluation research topics.

The topics covered include: 

  • Why do we need economic evaluation of health care interventions and what are the theories that inform evaluation?
  • Key concepts in using health and care resources efficiently
  • Identification, measurement and valuation of resource use to create costs
  • Identification, measurement and valuation of health benefits and benefits beyond health, including the use of quality-adjusted life years (QALYs), and the ICECAP capability measure
  • Presenting and interpreting the results of economic evaluations
  • Applying decision analysis and Markov models in economic evaluation
  • Critically appraising the quality of published economic evaluations
  • Translating economic evidence into health policy 

Please note: Some of the course sessions will be held in a computer lab, so you will not need to bring a laptop.

Additional Reading:   Drummond et al. Methods for the Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programmes (Oxford Medical Publications). 4th Edition. 2015

Very impressed with the course content and excellent organisation of the course. I liked the addition of practical exercises which helped to consolidate my learning and I found all tutors very approachable.

Course feedback, March 2017

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Course venue

Bristol Medical School
Canynge Hall
39 Whatley Road
United Kingdom

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Course refreshments

We provide morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, including tea and coffee, biscuits and fresh fruit.

If you have specific dietary needs we ask that you let us know in advance.

Lunch is not included. There are a range of local cafes and supermarkets nearby for students to purchase lunch. 


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