Utility Data for Health Technology Assessment

2 day course:  Monday, 13th and Tuesday, 14th March 2017

Dates & Times

2 day course: Monday, 13th and Tuesday, 14th March 2017

Day 1:  Start at 10am and Finish at 6pm.  Course Evening Dinner at approximately 7pm

Day 2:  Start at 8:30am and Finish at 5pm


£1000 - Early Bird Fee - for all confirmed bookings received on or before Sunday, 15th January 2017

£1100 - Standard Fee - for all confirmed bookings received on or after Monday, 16th January 2017

A 20% discount will be offered for group bookings of 4 or more people.  Please contact Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk to book.  NB:  This discount cannot be applied at checkout through the Online Store, all group bookings must go through the Short Course Unit directly.

Refreshments and Lunch will be provided on both days and a Course Evening Dinner is also provided on Day 1 (Monday, 13th March 2017).  All fees do not include accommodation.

This course does not include accommodation, but we do have a preferential rate of £65 per night with the host venue Halifax Hall, for all our delegates. Details of how to book this rate will automatically be sent to all delegates upon receipt of your confirmed booking and payment.

Booking and Payment

Bookings are now being accepted for this course.  All of our short course bookings are initially processed through our Online Store.  Payment is required at the time of booking (Credit/Debit card or PayPal is accepted).

If your employer is paying your fees and they would prefer to be invoiced, please ensure you have your Purchase Order details before making your booking. Bookings are NOT confirmed until receipt of the Purchase Order is received at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.

If you have any queries regarding booking or payment, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Halifax Hall Hotel and Conference Centre.

Endcliffe Vale Rd, Sheffield, S10 3ER.

Tel:  +44 (0)114 222 8810


A discounted accommodation rate at Halifax Hall is available for our delegates, subject to availability, please contact the Short Course Unit for details and booking information.


For further information please do not hesitate to contact us via email at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk

or call +44 (0)114 222 2968.


NICE and similar agencies around the world are using QALYs, hence the need for health state utility data in their assessments of the cost effectiveness of health care interventions. This raises questions about the measurement of health, the valuation of health and whose values to use. It creates additional challenges for meeting the requirements of a ‘reference case’ set of methods that may not be appropriate in all circumstances.

What does the course deliver?

This course outlines the practical requirements of measuring utility and obtaining utility data for health technology assessment for agencies such as NICE and explores recent research in utilities including EQ-5D-5L valuation, measuring subjective well-being and condition specific preference-based measures.  It is delivered by a world leading team of experts in utility measurement.

Who will benefit from this course?

This course is for academics, government agencies, pharmacoeconomics and outcomes experts in industry and consultancies with an interest in the use of health state utility data. Basic prior knowledge of Patient Reported Outcomes, QALY's and health technology assessment is required.  For delegates without this prior knowledge (or who would like a re-cap), a free on-line introductory course will be provided prior to starting this course, which will take approximately 6-9 hours.

Course content

  • What are the key issues in obtaining health state utility values?
  • Does it matter which instruments are used?
  • What is the current NICE reference case?
  • When are EQ-5D and other generic measures not appropriate?
  • What utility instruments are available for children?
  • What are the latest development in EQ-5D including EQ-5D-5L valuation?
  • What should be done when EQ-5D and other generics are not appropriate or not available?
  • How can mapping be used to estimate utility values from disease specific measures?
  • Social value QALY weights
  • What is the role of systematic reviews and meta-analysis of utility values?
  • How should utility values be incorporated into cost effectiveness models?
  • What is the role for wellbeing within HTA?
  • The development of condition specific measures (including the ReQol for mental health).

The course will consist of a mixture of presentations, group work, discussions and individual exercises.

Delegates are asked to provide their own laptop for the duration of the course.

Course Materials

A copy of the book 'Measuring and Valuing Health Benefits for Economic Evaluation' by Brazier, Ratcliffe, Salomon and Tsuchiya, is included in the course fee.

A copy of all course materials is provided on the day on USB.

Course Faculty

Professor John Brazier

Dr Tessa Peasgood is the Course Leader for this 2 day short course

Dr Donna Rowen

Roberta Ara

Dr Mónica Hernández Alava.

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