Tag Archives: Health Economics

Delivering on the promise of personalised medicine

There is currently relatively little evidence about where we might obtain the best value from genomic testing, which has the potential to offer patients information about the risk of many different conditions. This has led to individuals involved in genomic research to speculate on what impact an increased use of genomic information will have on …read more

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How many emergency admissions can primary care policies actually prevent? Answer: Not many.

Emergency admissions, as well as the obvious effect on the patient, family and carers, cost a lot. In 2012, they cost the NHS over £12.5 billion, so understandably there is a desire to contain these costs as they may be better spent elsewhere. A good number of these admissions will be unavoidable and the NHS …read more

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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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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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Is an intensive treatment regimen for newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes patients cost-effective? Economic evaluation of the 5-year results of the ADDITION study.

A new paper in Diabetic Medicine reports an economic evaluation of the ADDITION study, based on the five year follow-up data.  The Anglo-Danish-Dutch study of Intensive Treatment In peOple with screeN detected diabetes (ADDITION) is a prospective randomised controlled trial of screening and intensive treatment of newly diagnosed type-2 diabetes patients. The five-year outcomes, published …read more

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CCHSR is recruiting Health Economists

We are expanding our team of health economists and wish to recruit two health economists, one at the University of Cambridge and one at RAND Europe.

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The economics won’t go away: NHS Cancer Drugs Fund to consider cost-effectiveness

This week, NHS England published its revised process for operation of the cancer drugs fund.  Of particular interest is the requirement to take into account both costs and effects of treatments. NICE was set up in 1999 with the remit of considering the value for money, or cost-effectiveness of new and existing treatments. It is …read more

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NICE and Roche at loggerheads (again)

  NICE has today (8th August 2014) announced that it cannot recommend Roche’s latest breast cancer drug, Kadcyla (a combination of trastuzumab and emtansine) for routine use on the NHS because it is too expensive and hence not cost-effective.  The draft ‘no’ was actually published in May, but there has been a press release issued today …read more

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European Conference on Health Economics – Dublin, July 2014

Last week saw the European Conference on Health Economics (ECHE) hosted by Trinity College Dublin.  CCHSR’s Ed Wilson was there. International conferences are always a great opportunity to find out what your colleagues are up to in different corners of the world.  ECHE was no exception.  The venue was Trinity College Dublin, home to the beautifully …read more

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Keeping Cochrane reviews up-to-date

The Cochrane Collaboration is an organisation that conducts systematic reviews of healthcare interventions.  The idea is that they are updated periodically (every 2 years) so that they provide the best evidence on what works and what doesn’t. After 21 years of existence, the Cochrane Library now holds over 6000 reviews by some 20,000 volunteer authors.  …read more

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