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March 16, 2012

Health Economics PhD Studentship

Location: London, UK
Closing date: 16th March 2012

Applications are invited for a PhD on “Economic analysis of renal replacement therapies in the UK”. This full-time 4-year studentship provides full support for tuition fees (for UK/EU nationals), all associated research costs and an annual tax-free stipend of £16,500.

This PhD will involve the development of a decision-analytic model of renal replacement therapy. In addition to assessing cost-effectiveness the model will be used to assess the implications of improved access to transplantation in terms of resource use and patient outcomes. This research is embedded in an NIHR Programme grant Variations in access to best care for renal replacement therapy patients across the United Kingdom led by Addenbrooks NHS Trust with NHSBT, UK Renal Registry, Southampton University, Royal Holloway, University of Cambridge, North Bristol NHS Trust, Royal Infrimary Edinburgh and LSHTM.

This PhD will provide an excellent opportunity to develop decision modelling skills, to analyse patient level data on resource use and health outcomes, and to explore the implications of different allocation policies on the cost-effectiveness of renal replacement therapy.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a Research Application Form, CV and covering letter outlining why you are interested in this studentship. Please also supply details of two referees.

Applications should be submitted to Susan Quarrell, Research Degrees Administrator, Faculty of Public Health and Policy, LSHTM, 15-17 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9SH or by email to susan.quarrell@lshtm.ac.uk

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain) a level of achievement on a relevant Masters degree well above the minimum required to pass. The studentship can be taken up from May 2012.

For further information please contact: Professor John Cairns

Please note: this studentship will cover fees at the UK/EU rate only. Individuals from outside the UK/EU who are required to pay fees at the Overseas rate may apply, but will be expected to demonstrate that they are able to cover the additional cost (currently nearly £9,000 per year).

The closing date for applications is Friday 16th March 2012.

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March 19, 2012

PhD course: Priority Setting in Health Care

Location: Odense, Denmark
Dates: March 19-24, 2012
Venue: University of Southern Denmark

Center for Health Economics Research (COHERE) at University of Southern Denmark hosts a PhD course:

Priority Setting in Health Care

The course will be taught by - among others - Prof. Gavin Mooney. It is financed by economic grants and thus free of fee.

Aim and content: The aim of the course is to provide an overview and basic understanding of key issues related to priority setting in health care from different perspectives, viz. economic, juridical and ethical. Topics covered include: economic tools for priority setting, equity in health and health care, ethical and juridical principles.

The formal deadline for enrolment is passed, but there are still free spaces to apply for.

Further details: See

http://www.sdu.dk/en/Om_SDU/Institutter_centre/cCohere/PhD+kurser

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March 21, 2012

Advanced Modelling Methods for Health Economic Evaluation: A Computer Based Course 21st - 23rd March 2012

Location: York, UK
Venue: University of York
Ddates: Wednesday 21st - Friday 23rd March 2012

The Public Health and Health Policy Section at the University of Glasgow and the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York are jointly running three-day courses on Advanced Modelling Methods to be held at venues in Glasgow and York. The next course will be held in 2012, the course will be run at the University of York from Wednesday 21st - Friday 23rd March 2012. Booking forms are online now. The course will be also run in Glasgow later in 2012 (dates to be confirmed). Please contact The Public Health and Health Policy Section at the University of Glasgow directly if you would like more information about the 2012 course.

This is an advanced course focusing specifically on decision modelling and intended for people currently undertaking modelling for health economic evaluation within the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, consultancy, academia or the health service. Participants would be expected to have attended an advanced course in economic evaluation such as the Expert Workshops in the Socio Economic Evaluation of Medicines run by the University of York.

Further details and booking information is available from http://www.york.ac.uk/che/courses/short/advanced-modelling/ for the York based course or from for the Glasgow based course.

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Advanced Modelling Methods for Health Economic Evaluation: A Computer Based Course

Location: York, UK
Dates: 21st - 23rd March 2012

The Public Health and Health Policy Section at the University of Glasgow and the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York are jointly running three-day courses on Advanced Modelling Methods to be held at venues in Glasgow and York. The next course will be held in 2012, the course will be run at the University of York from Wednesday 21st - Friday 23rd March 2012. Booking forms are online now. The course will be also run in Glasgow later in 2012 (dates to be confirmed). Please contact The Public Health and Health Policy Section at the University of Glasgow directly if you would like more information about the 2012 course.

This is an advanced course focusing specifically on decision modelling and intended for people currently undertaking modelling for health economic evaluation within the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, consultancy, academia or the health service. Participants would be expected to have attended an advanced course in economic evaluation such as the Expert Workshops in the Socio Economic Evaluation of Medicines run by the University of York.

Further details and booking information is available from http://www.york.ac.uk/che/courses/short/advanced-modelling/ for the York based course or from for the Glasgow based course.

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March 23, 2012

PhD Student

Location: Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Closing date: March 23, 2012

Job description

While the average level of health in EU countries has continued to improve over the last decades, differences in health between advantaged and disadvantaged sections of the population within each country remain substantial and in some instances have even increased. Reducing such health inequalities offers great potential for a significant overall health gain. The scientific evidence-base for policies to tackle health inequalities however, is very limited, also because of difficulties in evaluating policies in this field. The EU funded project Demetriq aims to develop, evaluate and refine methodologies for assessing the effects of social, economic and health policies on the pattern of health inequalities. It aims to assess the health effects by socioeconomic group of “natural policy experiments” in the fields of unemployment and poverty reduction, tobacco and alcohol control, and access to education and preventive health care. Demetriq is coordinated by the department of Public Health of Erasmus MC (professor J. Mackenbach, dr. FJ van Lenthe), together with colleagues of the University of Liverpool (professor M. Whitehead). For work in the project for which the department of Public Health is responsible, we are currently seeking a Phd-student. The Phd-project will focus on time trends in health inequalities in Europe in the past 40 years, and the linkage of these trends to variation in policy experiments in Europe. The candidate will be expected to contribute to the creation of a longitudinal data set, to the analysis of time trends and the development of innovative methods to link these trends to policies in Europe. He/she will translate findings into high-quality scientific papers for international peer-reviewed journals and will be expected to present findings in international conferences and meetings.

Work environment

The department of Public Health is one of the largest departments in its area in Europe, with a strong interdisciplinary focus on the study of the determinants of population health. The department is a world leading research institute on health inequalities and the links between society, social determinants and health. The department seeks to appoint a Phd-student to work within a recently funded European project called “Demetriq” (Developing Methodologies To Reduce Inequalities).

Qualifications and skills

The candidate holds a MSc in epidemiology, public health, economy, econometrics or quantitative sociology. The candidate should possess strong quantitative research skills, and a main interest in and willingness to learn and apply research methods for the analysis of natural experiments, such as instrumental variable analyses. The right applicant is able to work well both independently and within a team (at national and international level); he or she has a good command of the English language, both oral and written.

Terms of employment

The PhD student receives a temporary position for 4 years. The gross monthly salary is [euro] 2.107,- in the 1st year and increases to [euro] 2.700,- in the 4th year. The rules and regulations are according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement for Dutch University Medical Centers (CAO UMC).

Information

For additional information please contact the project leaders, dr. Frank van Lenthe, telephone (+31) (010) 704 4220, e-mail: f.vanlenthe@erasmusmc.nl, or dr. R. Hoffmann, e-mail: r.hoffmann@erasmusmc.nl. Information on the department can be found at http://www.erasmusmc.nl/mgz/?lang=en.

Application

Your application letter including curriculum vitae should be addressed to Erasmus MC, att. Ms. S.J. Degenaar, HR department, room AE 330, PO Box 2040, 3000 CA Rotterdam, the Netherlands. You can also send you application by e-mail to: personeel.cl13@erasmusmc.nl, stating vacancy code 03.11.12.TG in the subjectline.

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March 26, 2012

Econometric Analysis of Healthcare Demand

Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Date: March 26 to 30, 2012
Registration: Online until March 16, 2012

Prof. Willard Manning (University of Chicago), Prof. Eva Cantoni-Renaud (Geneva), Dr. Jean-Paul Chaze (Geneva)

Presentation:

This course is intended for PhD students and other junior researchers interested in the quantitative analysis of health care demand. Apart from providing an overview of the economic specificities of health care demand, the course will address econometric methods used for modelling different types of data on health care consumption, and provide examples drawn from real data for Switzerland or other countries.

Objectives:

The aims of the laboratory are:

  • To provide an overview of the economic aspects of health care demand
  • To present the econometric and statistical tools for the different types of data on health care consumption
  • To apply these methods to real datasets through computation-based exercises

Course homepage:

http://www.hec.unil.ch/iems/formation/phd

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Econometric Analysis of Healthcare Demand

Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Date: March 26 to 30, 2012
Registration: Online until March 16, 2012

Prof. Willard Manning (University of Chicago), Prof. Eva Cantoni-Renaud (Geneva), Dr. Jean-Paul Chaze (Geneva)

Presentation:

This course is intended for PhD students and other junior researchers interested in the quantitative analysis of health care demand. Apart from providing an overview of the economic specificities of health care demand, the course will address econometric methods used for modelling different types of data on health care consumption, and provide examples drawn from real data for Switzerland or other countries.

Objectives:

The aims of the laboratory are:

  • To provide an overview of the economic aspects of health care demand
  • To present the econometric and statistical tools for the different types of data on health care consumption
  • To apply these methods to real datasets through computation-based exercises

Course homepage

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March 27, 2012

Regression Methods for Health Economic Evaluation

Location: York, UK
Dates: 27th - 29 March 2012 (with optional half-day introduction to Stata 26th March)

The Centre for Health Economics at the University of York is running a three-day course on Regression Methods for Health Economic Evaluation. The course is now in its fifth edition and it will be held from 27th - 29th March 2012 at the University of York.

The course is a mixture of taught modules and practical exercises. It is intended for people currently undertaking health economic evaluations within the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, consultancy, academia or the health service who wish to learn how to use regression methods to analyse individual patient-level cost, health outcome and cost-effectiveness data.

Participants are expected to have a basic familiarity with the concepts of cost-effectiveness analysis, descriptive statistics and regression methods.

The course will cover the use of regression methods for health economic evaluation of both randomised and non-randomised data. In particular, the course will focus on the use of regression methods to analyse different types of individual patient-level data. Detailed information about the topics covered can be found on the course’s webpage below.

Throughout the course computer-based practical exercises will be used to show how the methods can be applied in the statistical package Stata. A half day introduction to Stata and the commands that will be used on the course is available on 26th March for those less familiar with the software.

Further details and booking information is available from http://www.york.ac.uk/che/courses/short/regression-methods/

Limited campus accommodation is available on request. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

We hope that you will be interested in applying for the course or that you may know of others within your organisation who might be interested in attending.

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March 31, 2012

MSc in Health Economics: National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

Location: City University London, at Sheffield University or at York University

Capacity Building in Health Economics studentships are available for four full-time UK/EU students who aim to develop their professional career in the UK. The studentships cover the tuition fees in full in addition to a bursary that will be paid in 12 monthly instalments.

An excellent undergraduate degree is essential whilst candidates already holding a postgraduate degree/PhD may also be considered. For specific information on the requirements and application process in each department please follow the links below:

http://www.city.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/health-economics#course-detail=0 http://www.shef.ac.uk/economics/prospectivetpg/courses/msc_economics_health http://www.york.ac.uk/economics/postgrad/funding/msc-scholarships/

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April 10, 2012

PhD Studentship: Bangor University

Location: Wales, UK
Application deadline: 10th April 2012

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in areas relating to medicines use, pharmaceutical economics or policy at the Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation, Bangor University. This full-time, 3-year studentship provides full support for tuition fees (for UK/EU nationals), all associated research costs and a tax-free stipend. Studentships are currently £13,590 in the first year, with annual increments thereafter.

This PhD will relate to one of the Centre’s medicines-related research activities:

  1. Pharmaceutical economics and policy research: including the economic assessment of all new medicines in Wales; and policies related with the appraisal of new medicines, including: orphan drug status, biosimilars, evergreened products, pharmaceutical innovation, prescription charges, generic substitution and value-based pricing;
  2. Variability in response to medicines: including the assessment of the impact of non-adherence on treatment effectiveness and cost-effectiveness; and the economics of pharmacogenetic tests;
  3. Methodological research related to trial-based economic assessments: including measures of health outcome, methods for resource use data measurement, and cost-effectiveness estimation based on pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic models;
  4. Applied research in trial-based economic evaluations: including trials in children, and adults with depression, cancer, epilepsy

How to Apply

To apply for this studentship please submit an application via the University’s on-line admissions facility. Please ensure this includes an outline of no more than two pages of the proposed research.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants should hold a first class or upper-second-class degree in economics, pharmacy or a relevant quantitative, clinical or biomedical discipline. A Masters qualification in a relevant discipline (e.g. health economics, statistics or operational research) would be an advantage.

The award is available to UK and other EU nationals only. Non-UK EU nationals must be resident in the UK for three years prior to the start of the studentship, otherwise they will be eligible for a fees-only award. The studentship is available from October 2012.

Further Details

For further information please contact: Professor Dyfrig Hughes d.a.hughes@bangor.ac.uk

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is 10th April 2012.

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April 13, 2012

PhD studentships in health economics: Glasgow Caledonian University

Closing date: Friday 13th April 2012

Glasgow Caledonian University is building on its RAE 2008 success to develop future capacity in its areas of strength. We are seeking PhD applications from highly qualified individuals in areas which fit with our own research excellence.

Two studentships are offered in the area of health economics. For further details and how to apply please visit the GCU website http://www.gcu.ac.uk/research/phdstudentships/.

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April 17, 2012

Part 1: Global Health Leadership Forum 2012

Location: Berkeley, California, USA
Venue: Claremont Resort Hotel
Dates: April 17-21, 2012
website: http://ghlf@berkeley.edu

The executive program on innovative solutions in health policy, technology and management: University of California, Berkeley, the King’s Fund, London and UPF’s CRES, Barcelona

GHLF energizes health care executives/leaders through cutting edge, globally-sourced solutions and debates with experts on health care policy, technology and management issues. The Global Health Leadership Forum is currently accepting applications and nominations for its 2012 cycle. Participants have lauded the wisdom in health economics which informs most of the topics. The network of past alumni includes 200 health care leaders from 53 countries over 8 years. Application is on-line through the website.

Note that we are offering a total of $2000 discount off of the Berkeley and London sessions if registration is received and paid for by February 15, 2012. Also, due to enthusiastic feedback, we are again offering an optional Kaiser Permanente field trip directly after the GHLF—April 22-25, 2012. Save time and travel costs; discount from GHLF and KP for attending both.

Although most participants have chosen to go to both sessions and receive an earned certificate, applicants may choose to go to one session only.

Part 1

Focus includes recent innovations in insurance design and payment methods, delivery, care integration, public-private investment partnerships, technology solutions for tele-health and consumer engagement, lessons in health systems strengthening from Asia and the Americas, and leadership styles and strategies. The session includes field trips to two innovative healthcare sites and an option to visit Kaiser Permanente.

See website for full agenda. Among the April 2012 GHLF Speakers:

Sir Richard Feachem, Founding Executive Director of Global Fund, and UCSF Global Health Sciences Neelam Sekhri Feachem, President, Healthcare Redesign and SVP, Napo Pharma Chris Ham CEO, UK King’s Fund Rahul Reddy, CEO innovations, Apollo hospitals, India Jason Cheah, CEO Agency for Integrated Care, Singapore Dov Chernichovsky, expert in comparative health systems, Israel Mark Smith CEO, California Healthcare Foundation
Steve Shortell, Dean, UC Berkeley School of Public Health Richard Scheffler, Distinguished Professor of Health Economics and Public Policy Jenny Chatman, Organizational effectiveness expert and PhD Director, Haas Business School Chuck Slaughter, CEO, Livinggoods Teh Wei Hu, Professors of Health Economics, China and Taiwan expert, UC Berkeley

Part 2

Location: The Kings Fund, London England
Dates: September 16-21, 2012

Focus includes successes in European health systems redesign, delivery system performance, how to prioritize benefits and services (including UK’s NICE experience and the US practice of comparative effectiveness), pharma: innovation, access and cost-containment, governance and regulation, chronic disease management, and field trips to innovative ambulatory and hospital organizations.

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April 18, 2012

Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Direct, Indirect and Mixed Treatment Evidence: University of Gl

Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Dates: 18th-20th April 2012

The Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment (HEHTA) Team at the University of Glasgow are pleased to announce a three day course on conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

Through a series of lectures and hands-on workshops (using Stata and WinBUGS), this course will cover the principles and practice of conducting a systematic review and meta-analysis of a variety of measures of treatment effects. In addition, participants will learn the important aspects of network meta-analysis, going beyond traditional pairwise techniques when comparing multiple treatment options.

The course is suitable for clinicians, health service researchers and other healthcare professionals who are involved in systematic reviews and meta-analyses as a piece of independent work or an integral part of a health technology assessment.

Participants should have knowledge of basic medical statistics. A basic appreciation of research design would be helpful, as would basic knowledge of Stata and WinBUGS. A one day introduction to Stata is available on 17 April for those less familiar with the software.

More information can be found on the course webpage see http://www.gla.ac.uk/researchinstitues/healthwellbeing/hehta/

Further details and booking information are available from the HEHTA administrator: hehta@glasgow.ac.uk

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April 23, 2012

Applied Welfare Analysis in Health

Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Dates: April 23 to 27, 2012
Registration: Online until April 6, 2012
Course hompage: http://www.hec.unil.ch/iems/formation/phd

Prof. Alistair McGuire (London School of Economics)
Prof. Mireia Jofre-Bonet (City University of London)

Presentation:

Welfare economics concerns the means by which the desirability of different policy options can be judged, and provides the theoretical foundations for the economic evaluation techniques currently widely used in policy making.

The aim of this module is to revise the subject of welfare economics and extend it to incorporate recent advances in this topic.

Objectives:

This course will provide an overview of the concepts that are essential for the understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of welfare economics. It will also show how the different approaches are applied empirically.

By the end of the course, you will be familiar with what social welfare functions are and how welfare changes and the distributional implications associated to health care interventions are measured - including when there are no markets and/or prices for the goods and/or services involved.

You will be able to apply and understand evaluation techniques such as cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analysis, cost-benefit analysis and establish when recommendations emerging from those analyses are associated with gains in the social welfare function.

You will be acquainted with the different outcome measures as used in the health sector (Quality Adjusted Life Years, Disability Life Years, Health-Years Equivalents); the properties of the contingent valuation approach; the conjoint/stated preference analysis approach; and estimation approaches for the marginal social cost of funds.

Finally, expected utility theory, decision theory, and optimal taxation will be examined in the light of cost-effectiveness analysis and welfare economics.

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April 27, 2012

Master of Science in Health Economics

Location: Mannheim, Germany

The mission of the Master of Science in Health Economics (MScHE) program is to provide first-class training in the theoretical foundations and practical applications of health economic methods for decision-making and policy development in health and health care, within the context of the ethical principles of society.

The foundation for specialization in health economics is provided through coursework in the core areas of health economics, specifically microeconomics, econometrics, and economic evaluation of health and health care programs.

The learning outcomes for students in the MScHE program include the development of a thorough knowledge of the theory and methods used by professional health economists and active researchers in the field and their important contemporary contributions in international scholarly journals.

The program is open to medical doctors and other professionals with a health-related first academic degree equivalent to 240 ECTS (usually a Bachelor’s degree after at least four years of full-time study).

High motivation, self-reliance and a collaborative spirit are qualities that participants should hold and display. Prospective participants are expected to clearly describe their academic and personal goals and study and research interests in undertaking the program in a “Personal Statement” of two pages.

Mannheim Institute of Public Health, Social and Preventive Medicine
Heidelberg University
Ludolf-Krehl-Strasse 7-11
68167 Mannheim
Germany

phone: +49 621 383 9910
fax: +49 621 383 9920
website: http://www.msche-heidelberg.de/

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May 9, 2012

Understanding Searching Techniques to Inform HTA, Systematic Reviews and Guideline Development

Location: York, UK
Venue: University of York
Dates: 9th May 2012

http://php.york.ac.uk/inst/yhec/web/training/training_events.php?RecordID=15

Literature searches are the foundation for high quality health technology assessment (HTA), systematic reviews, guideline development and other evidence syntheses. Developing search strategies to retrieve research evidence from databases requires knowledge of database features and skills in turning the concepts embodied in a research question into a search strategy. Search strategies have to take account of often competing requirements and the trade-offs which have informed their development may not always be easy to appreciate. Commissioning and reviewing searches (often as the foundation for later projects) can be enhanced by an appreciation of how to structure searches and an understanding of the basics of search strategy development.

This new training course provides an introduction to search strategy development for project managers, research commissioners and searchers new to evidence synthesis, who are seeking a better understanding of how searches are constructed and adapted to meet project needs.

The trainers are experienced information specialists, trainers and researchers. Their extensive experience lies in conducting literature searches to inform evidence syntheses such a health technology assessments and systematic reviews.

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May 10, 2012

Trials Registers, Trials Results Registers and Other Research Registers: Challenges and Opportunities

Location: York, UK
Venue: University of York
Date: 10th May 2012

http://php.york.ac.uk/inst/yhec/web/training/training_events.php?RecordID=2

Increasing national and international interest in identifying, recording and promoting access to healthcare trials and their results has seen the development of large numbers of trials registers, and more recently, results registers. Trials registers provide information on current and recently completed research and results registers provide information on completed research. This type of information is useful for research commissioning, health technology assessments, systematic reviews and product development.

Trials registers, results registers and other research registers are developing quickly and provide challenges in terms of identification, efficient searching and record management. This one day training course will highlight the background to the development of trial registers and trials results registers, will discuss the types of registers and their relative coverage, and will offer practical advice on searching registers and managing register records.

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May 22, 2012

PhD Courses: University of Southern Denmark

Location: Odense, Denmark

It is our pleasure to inform you that we now have three PhD course planned out on health economic topics from The Health Economic Unit at University of Southern Denmark in Odense in 2012. The courses are:

  • Insurance Economics (with Peter Zweifel)
  • Economic Evaluation in Health
  • Priority Settings in Health Care (with Gavin Mooney et al.)

Further information can be found at: http://www.sdu.dk/Om_SDU/Institutter_centre/c_ist_sundoek/Conferences

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May 28, 2012

Analysing Patient Data using Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) to Evaluate Health Care Policy and Practice

Location: York, UK
Venue: University of York
Date: 28-30 May 2012

Further information and registration is online at: http://www.york.ac.uk/che/courses/short/patient-data/

This intensive workshop introduces participants to HES (hospital episode statistics) data and how to handle and manipulate these very large data sets using computer software. Understanding and interpreting this data is key for evaluating health care policy and practice. Participants will engage in problem-solving exercises, analysing the information in highly interactive sessions. This is the only course offered in the UK which teaches and applies analysis of HES data using Stata.

This workshop is suitable for analysts working in NHS hospitals, commissioning organisations and the Department of Health, and for health care researchers and PhD students. Overseas applicants may also find the tuition can be applied to similar scenarios in their own country.

The workshop fee is 800GBP, which includes all tuition, course materials, lunches, the welcome and drinks reception, the workshop dinner and refreshments, but does not include accommodation. Subsidised places are available for full-time PhD students.

Interested? See http://www.york.ac.uk/che/courses/short/patient-data/ or contact: Gillian Robinson, Workshop Administrator, at: gillian.robinson@york.ac.uk; tel: +44 (0)1904 321436.

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June 12, 2012

Economic Evaluations and Economic Evidence in Healthcare: Finding Information to Inform Technology Assessments and Economic Models

Location: York, UK
Venue: University of York
Date: 12th June 2012

http://php.york.ac.uk/inst/yhec/web/training/training_events.php?RecordID=3

Health economics information is a key element in much health services research and particularly in health technology assessments. Identifying economic evidence to inform such research can involve searches in a range of databases and using a variety of strategies. This study day will include a ‘jargon buster’ session on the basics of health economics and economic models. It will also feature presentations about key economics information resources including NHS EED, Health Economic Evaluations Database (HEED) and the CEA Registry, and explorations of options for searching to identify data for economic models. There will be opportunities for hands-on practice.

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June 15, 2012

Fulbright Program Announcement: 2012-13 Fulbright NEXUS Regional Program for the Western Hemisphere

Application deadline: June 15th, 2012
Webinar: February 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm EST

The Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program will bring together a network of junior scholars, professionals and mid-career applied researchers from the United States and other Western Hemisphere nations for series of three seminar meetings and a Fulbright exchange experience. Scholars will spend up to one year engaged in collaborative thinking, analysis, problem-solving and multi-disciplinary research in one of three inter-related topics of regional significance: Science, Technology and Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainable energy.

Projects focusing on climate change adaptation strategies, and/or public policy focused research ventures that examine strategies to cope with climate variability, including extreme events, are particularly welcome.

Fulbright NEXUS Scholars will conduct individual and team-based research projects, integrating perspectives from multisectoral stakeholders, to generate knowledge-based, policy-oriented solutions and implementation models at the national and regional levels.

CIES will host a webinar to talk about the NEXUS Program on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm EST. CIES staff and current Fulbright NEXUS grantee, Ruth Browne, will provide an overview of the program and answers any questions you may have. To register, please click here.

The application deadline for applicants is June 15th, 2012. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or apply through a Fulbright office in the Western Hemisphere. For more information, visit our website at http://www.cies.org/NEXUS/ or email us at kdewindt@iie.org or jsilva@iie.org.

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Peter and Norah Lomas PhD Scholarship in Economics: Newcastle University

Location: Newcastle, UK
Department: Economics, Newcastle University Business School
Reference number: NUBECON

Name of the supervisors:

Supervisors will be determined dependent on the applicant’s proposed research area

Sponsor:

Peter and Norah Lomas PhD Scholarship in Economics, Newcastle University Business School

Duration of the award:

3 years full time PhD scholarship for students starting in the academic year 2012/13.

Project description

The studentship is available to someone with a strong background and a research focus in one of the following areas of Economics:

  • Applied econometrics
  • Applied microeconomics, including industrial, regional and public economics
  • Banking, empirical finance and risk management
  • Financial markets, insurance and behavioural finance
  • Health Economics, risk, safety, environmental and experimental economics
  • Labour market economics and applications
  • Macroeconomics, trade, FDI and international economics.

Details of our research areas can be found on our website and by looking at our staff profiles

Value of the Award and Eligibility

The studentship will cover PhD fees at the home/UK rate and a level of subsistence equal to that provided by ESRC studentships (estimated rate of £13,590 in 2012/13) Applicants of UK/EU and International status can apply.

The holder of the studentship may have the opportunity to undertake a small amount of teaching within the School. Payment for this will be at standard an hourly rate in addition to the annual studentship.

Person Specification

Applicants should have a good Honours degree (first-class or upper-second-class Honours) in an area related to the proposed field of study. It would be an advantage if you also had, or expected to receive by Autumn 2012, a Master’s-level qualification at ‘credit’ or ‘distinction’ level in a relevant subject area.

How to Apply

You must complete the University’s postgraduate application form, selecting ‘PhD Newcastle University Business School (full time) - Economics’ as the programme of study and inserting the reference number NUBECON. Only mandatory fields need to be completed, but a full and detailed CV, an outline research proposal of around 1,000 - 2,000 words, and a personal statement of around 500 words setting out your reasons for applying. Applicants are encouraged to approach a member of staff relevant to their research area in the first instance, to discuss their interests, and with a view to working-up their outline proposal.

Further Information

Details of Economics and the School’s research activities, including the PhD programme, can be found on the School’s web pages and by following the links through to Economics.

Informal enquires about the studentship may be made to the PhD Director for Economics, Professor Colin Wren c.m.wren@ncl.ac.uk.

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June 21, 2012

Getting the Best Out of Search Filters

Location: York, UK
Venue: University of York
Date: 21st June 2012

http://php.york.ac.uk/inst/yhec/web/training/training_events.php?RecordID=10

As the volume of published research grows it is becoming more challenging to identify efficiently studies performed according to specific methods. Many search filters to find specific study designs such as randomised controlled trials (RCTs) or diagnostic test accuracy studies, or research issues such as adverse events, are being designed and published. Increasingly, these filters are being incorporated into database search interfaces, such as the PubMed Clinical Queries. As the number of filters grows, the challenge of choosing between them is becoming more apparent. Information professionals and others wishing to use search filters need to be aware of issues of filter design, quality and suitability to be able to make informed choices about which filters to select and apply.

This training event will explore how to identify, critically appraise and test out search filters, focusing on health and social care.

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June 25, 2012

Biopharmaceutical Pricing and Market Access Strategy Programme: University of Cambridge

Location: Cambridge, England, UK
Date: June 25 to 29, 2012

The aim of this course is to provide pharma executives with a detailed understanding of and a practical introduction to the complex discipline of pricing and market access strategy. The course will demonstrate how an informed and strategic approach can help not only to capture a higher proportion of the value of a biopharmaceutical product but also to increase the overall intrinsic value of a novel drug.

What will be taught?

Participants in this programme will:

Understand the foundations of value based pricing Learn how pricing strategy integrates with the overall product strategy in creating and capturing the value of an innovation Appreciate how health economics and outcomes research can support and complement the deployment of a pricing strategy Build a toolkit to develop and sustain the value of a product Learn specific techniques to communicate the value of a new product Formulate best practice in the field of biopharmaceutical pricing

Further details can be found on the course website.

For more information please contact:

Dr Linda Allan: lma31@cam.ac.uk
Ms Bami Oshinowo: boshinowo@pricespective.com

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July 5, 2012

Systematic Reviews for HTA and Pharmacoeconomics: Meeting the Needs of Decision Makers

Location: York, UK
Venue: Bedern Hall
Date: 5th - 6th July 2012

http://php.york.ac.uk/inst/yhec/web/training/training_events.php?RecordID=13

This training event is provided by York Health Economics Consortium Ltd. Decision makers require evidence on the costs and benefits of health technologies. Systematic reviews and economic evidence are core to formal decision making processes in healthcare. This two day training event provides an introduction to the methods of identifying and synthesising evidence including indirect and mixed treatment comparisons for decision makers. It provides guidance, based on best practice, to those developing evidence submissions to reimbursement agencies or health care payers. The training will comprise lectures, group work and practical sessions. There will also be ample opportunity for one-to-one discussion with the course leaders on specific issues. The training event will be held in a beautiful 14th century hall in the centre of York. Bedern Hall has excellent modern facilities including free Wi-Fi access.

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July 25, 2012

Modelling Methods for Health Economic Evaluation

Location: Hong Kong
Dates: 25-27 July 2012

This modeling short course is to be held in collaboration with the Hospital Authority Hong Kong, and will be based at the Hospital Authority Building in Hong Kong.

The short course will provide a day on introductory modelling methods and then proceed to intermediate and advanced topics on days 2 and 3. It will include teaching materials which have been used over the last 10 years in courses run by the Universities of York and Glasgow in the UK, and McMaster University in Canada.

The course is intended for people currently undertaking health economic evaluation within the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, consultancy, academia or the health service. It is also appropriate for those reviewing or preparing economic evaluation evidence for public health authorities.

The teaching faculty is expected to consist of the following individuals, but the final faculty will depend on number of individuals who register for the course.

  • Mark Sculpher (Professor, University of York, UK)
  • Karl Claxton (Professor, University of York, UK)
  • Andrew Briggs (Professor, University of Glasgow, UK)
  • Elisabeth Fenwick (Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow, UK)
  • Ron Goeree (Associate Professor, McMaster University, Canada)
  • Feng Xie (Assistant Professor, McMaster University, Canada)

By the end of the course participants will be expected to:

  • Understand key concepts in economic evaluation using decision analysis
  • Develop and populate decision models
  • Populate a Markov model with and without time-dependent probabilities
  • Undertake probabilistic sensitivity analysis (PSA) to reflect parameter uncertainty
  • Present the results of a PSA using net monetary benefits and cost-effectiveness acceptability curves
  • Develop models in Excel and Treeage
  • Assess expected value of perfect information.
  • Gather experience relating to the use of economic evaluation in public policy decisions

The workshop will involve a mixture of lectures and exercises, some of which will be computer-based. Participants will need to bring their own laptop computers for the exercises.

Participants are expected to have attended a general advanced course in economic evaluation or be comfortable with the contents of “Methods for the Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programs” by Drummond et al (Oxford University Press, 2005).

If you would like to register for the course please go to the following website: http://www.path-hta.ca/Workshops/Modelling-Methods-Workshop-Hong-Kong.aspx

If you have any questions please contact:

Christine Henderson
Course Administrator
PATH Research Institute
McMaster University
25 Main Street West
Suite 2000
Hamiilton, ON L8P 1H1
Canada

Email: hendersc@mcmaster.ca
Phone: (905)523-7284 ext 5268
Fax: (905) 522-0568

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September 1, 2012

Master program in Health Economics and Policy: Barcelona Graduate School Of Economics

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Structure: one-year full-time program taught in English
Directors: Professors Pau Olivella (UAB) and Guillem Lopez-Casasnovas (UPF)

The Master program aims to give students training in heath technology assessment including a comparative vision of health systems, a view of the structure of the biosciences market, the tools of political and organizational analysis, and medical ethics. In a nutshell, we aim to endow students with the analytical capacity oriented towards decision-making in all aspects of the healthcare sector.

Application process is open for 2012-13 academic year

More information can be found at: http://www.barcelonagse.eu/health-economics.html.

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September 12, 2012

Advanced Modelling Methods For Health Economic Evaluation

Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Dates: 12th - 14th September 2012

Who is the course aimed at?

The course is designed for participants who are familiar with basic decision modelling who wish to learn how to use more advanced modelling methods.

It is envisaged that participants will currently be undertaking modelling for health economic evaluation within the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, consultancy, academia or the health service.

What are the learning objectives of the course?

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Model and populate a Markov model with and without time-dependent probabilities.
  • Make a model probabilistic to reflect parameter uncertainty and to run Monte Carlo simulation.
  • Present the results of a probabilistic model using net monetary benefits and cost-effectiveness acceptability curves.
  • Assess the expected value of perfect information.

What will the course cover?

The course will start with standard Markov models and add greater sophistication as building blocks over the 3-day course.

This will include adding time dependency to Markov models, making models probabilistic, populating decision models using regression models, presenting the results of probabilistic models and undertaking value of information analysis.

This course is based around the book ‘Decision Modelling for Health Economic Evaluation’ by Andrew Briggs, Karl Claxton and Mark Sculpher, part of the Handbooks in Health Economic Evaluation series, published by Oxford University Press.

Software and prerequisites

This is an advanced course focusing specifically on decision modelling. Participants would be expected to have attended a general advanced course in economic evaluation such as that offered by the University of Oxford or the University of York.

The course will be ‘hands-on’, and participants will be expected to bring a laptop computer (and mouse) with Microsoft ExcelT for use throughout the course. A familiarity with Microsoft Excel is essential as each module will involve Excel-based exercises which will be built up over the three days.

Faculty

  • Professor Andrew Briggs, Lindsay Chair in Health Policy & Economic Evaluation, University of Glasgow. Andy has an interest in all aspects of economic evaluation applied to health care, in particular the use of statistical methods for assessing cost and cost-effectiveness, and the use of risk/prognostic modelling for making treatment decisions and guiding policy.
  • Dr Elisabeth Fenwick, Senior Lecturer, Public Health & Health Economics, University of Glasgow. Liz has an MSc and PhD in Health Economics from the University of York and a M.Sc. in Operations Research from the University of Southampton. Her research interests centre around the application of decision analytic modelling to Health Technology Assessment, economic evaluation of health care technologies, probabilistic decision analytic modelling, Bayesian decision theory and value of information analysis.
  • Professor Mark Sculpher, Professor of Health Economics, University of York. Mark is the Director of the Programme on Economic Evaluation and Health Technology Assessment at York. He has worked on economic evaluations of a range of technologies including heart disease and various cancers. He has also contributed to methods in the field, in particular relating to decision analytic modelling and handling uncertainty.
  • Professor Karl Claxton, Professor of Economics, University of York. Karl’s research interests encompass all aspects of the economic evaluation of health care technologies and he has served as a member of the National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE) Appraisal Committee since 1999.
  • Dr Olivia Wu, Reader, Public Health & Health Economics, University of Glasgow. Olivia’s research focuses on evidence synthesis and economic evaluation of healthcare interventions. She has extensive experience in applying these methodologies to a variety of clinical areas.

This course is a collaboration between Health Economic and Health Technology Assessment at University of Glagsow and the Centre for Health Economics, University of York. The course will take place just off the University of Glasgow campus, in the lively West End of the city in the proximity of many shops, bars and restaurants. Accommodation is not included as part of the course, in order that participants may make arrangements to suit themselves. Limited accommodation will be available at a favourable rate at the Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor, and there are many other hotels and B&Bs within walking distance.

Course fees:

Public/Academic £950
Commercial £1,480

Limited offer : for anyone attending both the Advanced Modelling Methods course, and also the Economic Evaluation in Clinical Trials course which runs 17th - 19th September 2012, complimentary accommodation will be provided at the Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor for the intervening weekend

Fees are fully inclusive of tuition, lunch, course dinner, and course materials but do not include accommodation. VAT is not payable.

More information can be found on the HEHTA webpage see http://www.glasgow.ac.uk/hehta

Further details and booking information are available from the HEHTA administrator: hehta@glasgow.ac.uk

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September 16, 2012

Part 2: Global Health Leadership Forum 2012

Location: The Kings Fund, London England
Dates: September 16-21, 2012
website: http://ghlf@berkeley.edu

The executive program on innovative solutions in health policy, technology and management: University of California, Berkeley, the King’s Fund, London and UPF’s CRES, Barcelona

GHLF energizes health care executives/leaders through cutting edge, globally-sourced solutions and debates with experts on health care policy, technology and management issues. The Global Health Leadership Forum is currently accepting applications and nominations for its 2012 cycle. Participants have lauded the wisdom in health economics which informs most of the topics. The network of past alumni includes 200 health care leaders from 53 countries over 8 years. Application is on-line through the website.

Note that we are offering a total of $2000 discount off of the Berkeley and London sessions if registration is received and paid for by February 15, 2012. Also, due to enthusiastic feedback, we are again offering an optional Kaiser Permanente field trip directly after the GHLF—April 22-25, 2012. Save time and travel costs; discount from GHLF and KP for attending both.

Although most participants have chosen to go to both sessions and receive an earned certificate, applicants may choose to go to one session only.

Part 2

Focus includes successes in European health systems redesign, delivery system performance, how to prioritize benefits and services (including UK’s NICE experience and the US practice of comparative effectiveness), pharma: innovation, access and cost-containment, governance and regulation, chronic disease management, and field trips to innovative ambulatory and hospital organizations.

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September 17, 2012

Indirect And Mixed Treatment Comparisons

Location: Leicester, UK
Venue: Vaughan College
Date: September 17th - 19th 2012

Overview

This course is for health economists, statisticians and decision modellers, and systematic reviewers interested in the extension of pair-wise meta-analysis to indirect and mixed treatment comparisons, in the context of either clinical effectiveness or economic evaluation.

The course focuses on Bayesian methods for statistically combining evidence from networks of trials, integrating statistical estimation within a probabilistic modeling framework. The assumptions underlying both pair-wise meta-analysis and mixed treatment comparisons are critically examined. The course also covers methods for detecting and managing heterogeneity and inconsistency.

This is an informal, hands-on course, based on a mixture of lectures and practical work on published datasets using the Bayesian Markov chain Monte Carlo package WinBUGS. Course tutors are available throughout to answer questions and help with exercises.

It is a collaboration between the Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester and the School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol.

The methods taught on the course were updated in 2011 to be compatible with the NICE 2008 Methods Guide and the Technical Support Documents on Evidence Synthesis http://www.nicedsu.org.uk, and with the Report of the ISPOR Task Force on Indirect Comparisons.

Intended Audience

  • Anyone undertaking or managing health technology assessments, including in the context of cost-effectiveness analysis,
  • Statisticians, familiar with the principles of meta-analysis, who wish to learn about Bayesian methods for evidence synthesis particularly in the context of cost-effectiveness analysis,
  • Anyone responsible for managing systematic reviews.

What You Will Learn

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Conduct pair-wise, indirect comparison and mixed treatment comparison (IC/MTC) evidence synthesis using WinBUGS Bayesian software,
  • Adjust for covariates,
  • Integrate statistical evidence synthesis with probabilistic cost effectiveness analysis,
  • Assess the degree of heterogeneity and inconsistency in RCT data,
  • Understand the assumptions and potential pitfalls in pair-wise and IC/MTC meta-analysis,
  • Participants will also have an introductory understanding of Bayesian methods, hierarchical modeling, and be able to use WinBUGS software.

Course Faculty

Keith Abrams, Tony Ades, Debbi Caldwell, Nicola Cooper, Sofia Dias, Alex Sutton, Nicky Welton

Further Details And Registration Forms from:

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/cobm/research/mpes/mtc12.html

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Economic Evaluation In Clinical Trials

Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Dates: 17th - 19th September 2012

Who is the course aimed at?

The course is designed for individuals undertaking health economic evaluations in academia, consultancies and industry, as well as those involved in the design and analysis of clinical trials (statisticians and health service researchers).

What are the learning objectives?

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Design an economic evaluation in a clinical trial appropriate to a setting or intervention(s), including multinational RCTs
  • Analyse cost and effect data using univariate and multivariate approaches
  • Estimate cost effectiveness (and net benefit) and the uncertainty surrounding the estimate
  • Consider issues of transferability

What will the course cover?

The course will start with designing a multinational trial and consider the issues of evaluating data from such a trial (what data to collect, how to value cost and effect, how to analyse the data, and estimate cost effectiveness) as building blocks over the three days.

Specific exercises will be conducted to illustrate the effect of distributional assumptions, univariate and multivariable approaches for the analysis of costs and QALYs, sample size and power calculations and their interpretation, reporting sampling uncertainty for the comparison of cost and effects.

This course will be based around the recently published book ‘Economic Evaluation in Clinical Trials’ by Henry Glick, Jalpa Doshi and colleagues, part of the Handbooks in Health Economic Evaluation series.

Software and prerequisites

This is course focuses specifically on the analysis of cost and effect data in an economic evaluation alongside a clinical trial. Participants are expected to be familiar with t-tests and ordinary least squares regression. Familiarity with sample size calculation for clinical outcomes will be helpful but not required.

The course will be ‘hands-on’, and participants are required to bring a laptop computer (and mouse). The course will use STATA and enrolled participants who do not have STATA will be provided with a temporary STATA licence. Familiarity with STATA is not necessary, but will be beneficial.

The statistical modules will involve computer work on exercises which will be built up over the three days. In addition, participants will be given the opportunity to bring along their own evaluations for further development during the course.

Faculty

  • Dr Henry Glick, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.
  • Dr Glick received an M.A. and Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Pennsylvania. He has more then 20 years of experience in conducting economic assessments of medical therapies, with a specialist interest in economic assessments conducted as part of clinical trials. In addition to his main affiliation, he also associated with the Wharton School, the Centre for Health Incentives, the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, at University of Pennsylvania.
  • Dr Jalpa Doshi, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health Services Research Unit, University of Pennsylvania.
  • Dr Doshi is clinically trained as a pharmacist, and received her M.S. and Ph.D. in pharmaceutical health services research at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Her expertise is in the areas of pharmaceutical health services research, health economics, and health policy. She has extensive experience conducting evaluations using Medicare, Medicaid, VA, and commercial insurance datasets. In addition to the Health Services Research Unit of the University of Pennsylvania she has affiliations with the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, the Economic Evaluations Unit, and the Centre for Evidence-Based-Practice.
  • Prof. Andrew Briggs, Lindsay Chair in Health Policy and Economic Evaluation, Health Economic Appraisal Team, University of Glasgow.
  • Prof. Briggs he has an interest in all aspects of economic evaluation applied to health care, in particular the use of statistical methods for assessing cost and cost-effectiveness, and the use of risk/prognostic modelling for making treatment decisions and guiding policy.

This course is collaboration between Public Health and Health Policy, University of Glasgow and the Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. The course will take place on the University of Glasgow campus, situated in the lively West End of the city with many shops, bars and restaurants. Accommodation is not included as part of the course in order that participants may make arrangements to suit themselves. Limited accommodation will be available at a reduced rate at the Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor, and there are many other hotels and B&Bs within walking distance.

Fees

Public/academic £950
Commercial sector £1,480

Fees are fully inclusive of tuition, lunch, course dinner, and course materials but do not include accommodation. VAT is not payable.

Limited offer: for anyone attending both the Economic Evaluation in Clinical Trials course and the Advanced Modelling Methods course which runs 12th - 14th September, complementary accommodation will be provided at the Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor for the intervening weekend.

More information can be found on the HEHTA webpage see
http://www.glasgow.ac.uk/hehta

Further details and booking information are available from the HEHTA administrator: hehta@glasgow.ac.uk

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November 20, 2012

Advanced Search Techniques for Systematic Reviews, Heath Technology Assessment and Guideline Development

Location: York, UK
Venue: University of York
Date: One Day Course: 3 Individual Dates Confirmed for the 6th March, 20th June and 20th November 2012

http://php.york.ac.uk/inst/yhec/web/training/index.php

Extensive literature searches are the foundation of high quality systematic reviews, health technology assessment (HTA) and guideline development. Developing search strategies to retrieve research evidence from databases and other resources requires a range of knowledge and skills. There are constant challenges to keeping up-to-date with new database features and approaches to achieving efficient searches. Search approaches may need to be adapted depending on the end-product which the search is informing and the resources available. Search approaches increasingly need to be explained to sponsors in terms of the extent to which they are fit-for-purpose.

This new workshop will provide opportunities to learn new techniques, to discuss best approaches, to share insights and to assess variations in current best practice. The workshop will be facilitated by information specialists experienced in literature searching to inform systematic reviews and HTAs and in conducting research into the evidence base for information retrieval. Participants are encouraged to suggest topics / issues in advance for discussion during the workshop.

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