Welcome - Summer 2017

A word from the Director

Simon Dixon

The winners of this edition’s content prize goes to the systematic reviewers and information specialists within HEDS. There’s news of a WHO workshop, regular searches for economic evaluations in low and middle income countries (LMICs) and critical appraisal training.

Andrew Booth’s invitation to the WHO Expert Seminar on Complex Interventions is of particular note, not just because of its prestige, but because it is a useful reminder of ScHARR’s international expertise in the systematic review of complex interventions, narrative synthesis and implementation science. Whilst reviews and meta-analyses to populate economic models are regularly seen within health technology assessment, this hides a growing appreciation of the limitations of purely quantitative reviews when assessing complex interventions. If you want to know more, a good place to start is Andrew’s work for the European Union funded INTEGRATE-HTA project on choosing qualitative evidence synthesis methods for assessing complex interventions. Or wait until later in the year when a series of articles relating to the WHO Expert Seminar is due for publication.

Likewise, our searches for economic evaluations in LMICs, which are being published every month on the HEDS Blog, reflect our growing involvement in Global Health. Ongoing and planned work in this area includes model adaptation, alcohol policy, health in urban slums, trauma care and treatments for breast cancer. Last but not least, we have also started supervision of students on Sheffield’s MSc Public Health in International Development.

The other news items are scattered among the other academic groups within HEDS, including, a new book on Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) in healthcare and a meeting of MSc alumni at Winter 2017’s Health Economist’s Study Group.

And as ever, weekly updates of what is going on in HEDS can be found on our Blog. More than 250,000 hits from 147 different countries and counting……

Simon Dixon, Director of HEDS

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