Monthly Archives: September 2015

CCHSR is recruiting health economists

We are seeking a Research Assistant/Associate in Health Economics to join the growing team of health economists at the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research.  You’ll be working on a number of economic evaluations and other studies with an economic or econometric component. In addition, there will be opportunities to contribute to the broader health …read more

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“We torture them before they die”

This telling phrase comes from a paper by Liz Dzeng and colleagues (1) which describes the distress felt by young American doctors who feel obliged to deliver futile treatments to patients at the end of life. In part this comes from an excessive move away from paternalism (‘let the doctor decide’) to prioritise patient autonomy …read more

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Hospitals and avoidable mortality rates…the saga continues

Regular readers of this blog will now I’ve had a bit of a bee in my bonnet about government plans to rank hospitals on avoidable mortality based on retrospective case record review. I won’t go into the arguments in detail again (if you want you can read them in the original blog here, or the …read more

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NHS Health Checks: value for money?

Reports in the Guardian and Telegraph this week report on a study published in the Journal of Public Health suggesting that the NHS health checks are costing £450,000 per life saved and therefore represent very poor value for money. Unfortunately these press reports are woefully misleading, although the study itself does little to discourage such …read more

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High users don’t always stay high users (again)

OK, so maybe this is labouring the point as we’ve gone on about this out before – e.g. see our previous papers on the subject (here and here). Nevertheless, it’s nice to find that someone else agrees. This time it’s a study from the US. They call their frequent flyers ‘super-utilizers’ but it’s the same …read more

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