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Updated Health economics guide for public health teams

  Created on Wednesday, 29 Jan 2020. Posted in Health Economics | Guidance

In this guide you will find links to tools and reports that can help you:

  • assess which interventions provide the best value for money, by calculating their costs, benefits and ROI
  • make the most of your budget by deciding how to split resources across different public health programmes
  • compare costs, savings and clinical outcomes

These evidence resources are relevant for local decision makers as well as national policymakers.

The cost-effectiveness of specific topic areas

PHE’s Health Economics team has produced a number of resources which can be used to estimate the value of investing in prevention and early diagnosis in your area. They pull together the best available evidence on costs, savings, and health benefits for specific topic areas in a single place, thus simplifying the process of commissioning cost-effective services.


Economic analysis of service and delivery interventions in health care

  Created on Thursday, 11 Apr 2019. Posted in Literature | Health Economics

In 2016, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Journals Library published a series of essays, in which a range of UK and international experts in health services research identified current developments and future challenges in methods to evaluate health, social care and public health innovations. It was recognised that this volume did not comprehensively address the full array of methods. One such gap was the economic evaluation of service innovations.

There are well-developed guidelines for economic evaluation of clearly defined clinical interventions, but no such guidelines for economic analysis of service interventions. Distinctive challenges for analysis of service interventions include diffuse effects, wider system impacts, and variability in implementation, costs and effects. Cost-effectiveness evidence is as important for service interventions as for clinical interventions. There is also an important role for wider forms of economic analysis to increase our general understanding of context, processes and behaviours in the care system. Methods exist to estimate the cost-effectiveness of service interventions before and after introduction, to measure patient and professional preferences, to reflect the value of resources used by service interventions, and to capture wider system effects, but these are not widely applied. Future priorities for economic analysis should be to produce cost-effectiveness evidence and to increase our understanding of how service interventions affect, and are affected by, the care system.

THis curent report looks at:

  • Scope and role for economic analysis
  • Distinctive issues in the economic analysis of service interventions
  • Challenges for economic analysis of service interventions
  • Recent developments
  • Future challenges and priorities

Health Economic Evidence Resource

  Created on Friday, 05 Apr 2019. Posted in Toolkit/Database | Health Economics

The health economic evidence resource (HEER) tool shows the main cost-effectiveness and return on investment evidence on activities in the public health grant.

Each piece of evidence is summarised across over 20 criteria to provide details on how the results were created and to highlight the inputs and assumptions used in the original studies. This allows users to understand the relevance and apply the evidence to their local setting.