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Integrating Health Economics in Clinical Research (Two-Day Workshop)

Dates: Feb 11 & 12, 2019, 9am-5pm Venue: City Square (Cambie and 12th)

Cost: Free (Some bursaries are available for travel from outside the Lower Mainland – see the registration form for details)


This 2-day introductory workshop on how to integrate health economics into clinical research, is presented by the BC SUPPORT Unit Health Economics and Simulation Modelling Methods Cluster, taught by individuals from various research Centres and Universities in the Lower Mainland.

Health economics is a key component of evidence-based and patient-oriented health policy decision making. It can enhance existing research and is increasingly required to be competitive for research grant funding. Despite this, many researchers are unsure of what it can contribute to their research or how to start working with a health economist. This workshop focuses predominantly on economic evaluation and introduces other health economic topics using case examples varying from treatments for chronic disease to technologies for genomics research. This training opportunity is applicable for researchers conducting clinical trials or observational studies.

Who is the workshop for?

  • Researchers who want to include health economics in their projects and grant applications
  • Decision makers, administrators and funders of research projects which could include health economics
  • Participants should be familiar with basic clinical epidemiology, but no prior economic knowledge is required.
  • Note: we will be offering a separate workshop later this year for patients/public and providers

Workshop program:

The workshop will use a series of seminars and exercises to provide theory and practical examples. Day 1 focuses on economic evaluations, while Day 2 explores other types of health economics research and practical tips on how to work with a health economist. The program is intended for people to attend both days.

We will cover:

Day 1:

  • Introduction to health economics
  • What is economic evaluation and why is it important?
  • Design issues if you are including an economic evaluation in your study
  • Outcomes for economic evaluations
  • Costs for economic evaluations
  • How to read and interpret the results of economic evaluations [AP1] 
  • A patient-oriented research approach to economic evaluation

Day 2:

  • Health economics beyond economic evaluation (including discrete choice experiments, simulation modelling studies, and productivity measurement)
  • How to write health economics into your grants (common mistakes and practical tips)
  • How to work with a health economist (including a checklist of things to think about)

Learning objectives

Upon completing this workshop, participants will:

  • understand the role of health economics, and economic evaluation in health research,
  •  appreciate how to identify, measure and value the measures of effectiveness (including QALYs) and costs used in economic evaluations,
  • be aware of some of the different types of questions economic methods such as discrete choice experiments, productivity loss analysis and advanced modelling can answer
  • develop practical skills in working with a health economist and including health economics research questions into funding proposals.

Participants in the workshop will receive a USB with course notes, including copies of the slides presented in the workshop, references used as examples and additional useful readings. Lunch and refreshments will be provided each day.