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Welcome to the Health Economics and Decision Science Section of ScHARR

The Section

The purpose of HEDS is to promote excellence in health care resource allocation decisions. HEDS makes major contributions in areas that include the valuation of health, the analysis of health policy, welfare and equity, technology appraisal,evidence synthesis, econometrics and information sciences.

We also lead several national research collaborations, supervise PhD students, contribute to Masters programmes, deliver external training courses and provide input to national committees. Find out more about our activities in the most recent issue of our newsletter.

Latest publications

Estimated Effects of Different Alcohol Taxation and Price Policies on Health Inequalities: A Mathematical Modelling Study
Meier PS, Holmes J, Angus C, Ally AK, Meng Y, Brennan A
PLoS Med 13(2):e1001963 Feb 2016

Comparison of Modes of Administration and Alternative Formats for Eliciting Societal Preferences for Burden of Illness
Rowen D, Brazier J, Keetharuth A, Tsuchiya A, Mukuria C
Applied Health Economics and Health Policy 14(1):89-104 01 Feb 2016

Factors associated with completion of bowel cancer screening and the potential effects of simplifying the screening test algorithm
Kearns B, Whyte S, Seaman HE, Snowball J, Halloran SP, Butler P, Patnick J, Nickerson C, Chilcott J
British Journal of Cancer 114(3):327-333 02 Feb 2016 DOI

Consultancy, Innovation & Knowledge Transfer

HEDS delivers a vibrant portfolio of consultancy-funded research to the pharmaceutical and medical devices sector and the NHS. It utilises our broad range of skills and is complemented by tailored training courses covering a full range of research methods, as well as policy issues such as pricing and reimbursement. If you want to discuss any opportunities, please contact the ScHARR IKT team.

Latest project news

INTEGRATE-HTA is an innovative, EU funded project that ended in December 2015. Using palliative care as a case study, this project aimed to develop concepts and methods that enable a patient-centred, comprehensive assessment of complex health technologies. Members of HEDS have been involved in authoring the methodological reports in a series of eight reports produced by the INTREGRATE-HTA collaborative project. All reports are available here.

NICE DAR on sepsis
The HEDS team on this, and authors of “The LightCycler SeptiFast Test MGRADE, SepsiTest and IRIDICA BAC BSI assay for rapidly identifying bloodstream bacteria and fungi. A systematic review and economic evaluation”, were Matt Stevenson, Abdullah Pandor, Marrissa Martyn-St James, Rachid Rafia, Lesley Uttley, John Stevens, Jean Sanderson and Ruth Wong. A full update can be found here.

Section Director

Professor Simon Dixon

Deputy Section Director

Dr Eva Kaltenthaler

HEDS blog

The best way to keep up with our work and our impact on policy is to read the HEDS Blog. With over 70,000 hits from over 110 different countries recent blog posts also feature on Twitter: