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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

Atienzo, E. E., Kaltenthaler, E. and Baxter, S. K. (2017) ‘Interventions to prevent youth violence in Latin America: a systematic review’, International Journal of Public Health.

Cowie, M. R., Simon, M., Klein, L. and Thokala, P. (2017) ‘The cost-effectiveness of real-time pulmonary artery pressure monitoring in heart failure patients: a European perspective.’, Eur J Heart Fail, England.

Tappenden, P., Carroll, C., Stevens, J. W., Rawdin, A., Grimm, S., Clowes, M., Kaltenthaler, E., Ingram, J. R., Collier, F. and Ghazavi, M. (2017) ‘Adalimumab for Treating Moderate-to-Severe Hidradenitis Suppurativa: An Evidence Review Group Perspective of a NICE Single Technology Appraisal’, PharmacoEconomics.

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

EUSCREEN: “Implementation of optimized childhood vision and hearing screening programmes in middle-income countries in Europe” 
Over the past two years researchers at the University of Sheffield and University of Reading have been working with a large international team on a funding application to evaluate and implement optimised childhood vision and hearing programmes across Europe (the EUSCREEN project). The EUSCREEN project will take place over four years, starting in 2017. Dr Jill Carlton (HEDS) and Dr Helen Griffiths (Academic Unit of Ophthalmology & Orthoptics) from the University of Sheffield are leading the work on evaluation of existing vision screening programmes.


Critical appraisal training for Public Health England
HEDS has been commissioned to provide six critical appraisal courses for Public Health England. Four half-day courses will equip participants with the skills they need to be competent users of research: two courses will focus on qualitative research while the other two will focus on quantitative studies such as RCTs. The courses will be running at locations across the UK during February and March. The courses will be lead by Angie Rees (HEDS) with support from various HEDS staff including Sue Harnon, Chris Carroll and Marrissa Martyn St. James.

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:

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