Patient-Oriented Health Economics Virtual Mixer

The University of British Columbia’s Social & Economic Change (SE-Change) laboratory is hosting a virtual Patient-Oriented Health Economics Virtual Mixer with three, 10-minute keynote talks from internationally renowned experts in the field.

Thank you for your dynamic engagement on the topic of patient oriented health economics – health economics that includes patients with a particular lived condition as authentic research team members.

The UBC Social and Economic Change (SE-Change) laboratory hosted the Patient-Oriented and Applied Health Economics Virtual Mixer on October 21st 2020, an online conference which brought together leading health economists, clinical researchers, students, patient partners and community from across the globe for a dynamic discussion on key challenges facing health economists and clinical researchers in incorporating health economics.

Key topics of discussion were:

  • methods to assess quality of life,
  • conducting health economics research using a patient-oriented approach, and
  • considering a life-course approach to measuring capability for the assessment of outcomes in economic evaluation.

The conference was moderated by Dr. Jennifer Davis, lead of the Applied Health Economics theme within UBC’s Social and Economic Change (SE-Change) laboratory. Opening remarks were led by Dean Roger Sugden, Faculty of Management, UBC Okanagan and Karim Khan, Scientific Director of the Canadian Institute of Health Research’s – Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (CIHR-IMHA).

Keynote speakers and panelists for the conference included Professors: Julie Ratcliffe (Professor of Health Economics in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences), Stirling Bryan (President of BC Academic Health Science Network), Joanna Coast (Professor in the Economics of Health & Care at the University of Bristol) and panelist Karim Khan (CIHR-IMHA Scientific Director).

The Applied Health Economics team of the SE-Change laboratory is grateful to everyone for their attendance around the world and for their valuable questions and discussion points made during this conference. If you were unable to attend this event, we have provided a recording of this event below and our keynote speakers have kindly agreed to share their presentation slides (link below).

If you would like to connect with the Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (MSK) Health Economics Special Interest Group (SIG) or with the SE-Change laboratory with any questions or comments about the conference, please contact us. Briefly, the MSK Health Economics SIG aims to provide resources, opportunities, and share relevant news and events for health economists across Canada and internationally through providing a platform for fruitful and authentic collaboration.

Keynote Speakers

Julie Ratcliffe

Professor Julie Ratcliffe

Talk title:
Does one size fit all? Assessing the preferences of older and younger people for attributes of quality of life

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Professor Julie Ratcliffe research interests include the measurement and valuation of health and quality of life outcomes, patient and consumer preferences and the economic evaluation of interventions across health and social care sectors. Professor Ratcliffe is a Mathew Flinders Fellow and Professor of Health Economics in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She is the Health and Social Care Economics Theme Lead for the newly established Caring Futures Institute, Flinders University and also holds Honorary Professorial positions in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow and the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield. During the course of her career, Professor Ratcliffe has published over 200 papers in peer reviewed journals and she has been a chief investigator on over 50 multi-disciplinary research grants including grants awarded by the NHMRC and ARC in Australia and the MRC and ESRC in the UK.

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Stirling Bryan

Professor Stirling Bryan

Talk title:
Health economic evaluation, health
policy decisions: a patient oriented approach

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Professor Stirling Bryan is a health economist with extensive experience of engagement with the policy and decision-making world. His research track-record reveals a long-standing goal of informing policy and practice, demonstrated, in part, through extensive engagement with the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE). He led the University of Birmingham team that conducted economic analyses for NICE. In 2005 he was awarded a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellowship and spent one year at Stanford University. He immigrated to Canada in 2008, taking on the role of Director of the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation. Dr. Bryan has become a strong advocate for, and practitioner of, patient-oriented research, and now partners with patients in all of his research activities. In 2016, he was appointed Scientific Director for the BC SUPPORT Unit, an operational unit of the BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN), focused on promoting patient-oriented research. In 2020, he became President of BC AHSN.

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Joanna Coast

Professor Joanna Coast

Talk title:
A life-course approach to measuring capability for economic evaluation of health and social care interventions

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Professor Joanna Coast’s research interests lie in the theory underlying economic evaluation (including capability), developing broader measures of outcome for use in economic evaluation, health care decision making. She currently holds a Wellcome Investigator Award to develop a life-course approach to measuring capability for economic evaluation of health and social care interventions.  Professor Coast also has a methodological interest in the use of qualitative methods in health economics and is recognised as an international authority in this field; her edited book on Qualitative Methods for Health Economics was published in July 2017. Joanna Coast is Professor in the Economics of Health & Care.  She has published more than 140 research papers in academic journals. She has received major grants from the Medical Research Council and the European Research Council, and currently holds a Wellcome Investigator Award. She is Senior Editor, Health Economics for Social Science and Medicine.

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This event was hosted in part by CIHR’s IMHA and by UBC-O Faculty of Management Social and Economic (SE) – Change Lab

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