Utility Data for Health Technology Assessment

2 day course:  Monday, 21st - Tuesday, 22nd June 2021

Dates & Times

2 day course: Monday, 21st - Tuesday, 22nd June 2021

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


£999 - Early Bird Fee for confirmed bookings received on or before 11pm on TBC.

£1099 - Standard Rate for confirmed bookings received on or before 11pm on TBC or when the course reaches full capacity, whichever is soonest.

Bookings will automatically close at 11pm on TBC.

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 or after a booking has taken place through the Online Store, all group bookings should go directly to Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.

The course fee includes refreshments and lunch provided on both days, plus a Course Evening Dinner that takes place on the first evening. 


Accommodation is NOT included in the course fees. We do have a preferential rate of £70 per night, at the host venue Halifax Hall, and £50 per night for our new Jonas Hotel, for all of our ScHARR delegates.  Details of these are provided automatically upon receipt of your booking and payment.

Booking and Payment:

We are currently taking provisional bookings for this well-established and popular ScHARR short course.  Please forward your details to Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.

All of our short course bookings are initially processed through our Online Store.  Payment or purchase order (for payments via invoice) 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,


S10 3ER.

Tel:  +44 (0)114 222 8810



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 health care funding 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 how to use the values in cost-effectiveness models. 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, condition specific preference-based measures, identifying utility evidence and using it in cost-effectiveness models. It is highly relevant to the recent ISPOR Task Force on using utility data in cost-effectiveness models. The course 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 and requirements in other jurisdictions?
  • 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
  • How do you search for utility values and 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, will be provided during registration, and is included in the course fee.

Course Materials will be provided via a Delegate Course Website approximately 1 week prior to the course start date.  Hard copies of exercises will be provided throughout the course as necessary.  Hard copies of PowerPoint presentations will not be provided, but these can be printed by delegates before the start of the course via the Delegate Course Website.

Course Faculty

Professor John Brazier

Dr Donna Rowen is the Course Leader for this 2 day short course

Dr Mónica Hernández Alava

Angie Rees

Clara Mukuria