Utility Data for use in Cost-effectiveness Models

Tuesday 16th April - Tuesday 21st May 2024, 2pm - 5pm (BST) (see below for full details)

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NICE and health care funding agencies around the world are using QALYs (quality-adjusted life year), 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.

This new version of our popular online health utilities course, comprises of six individual sessions covering a variety of topics relating to utility data.  Course participants can register for all six sessions, or select any number of individual sessions they wish to attend.

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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. The course explores up-to-date research and guidance in utilities including mapping, the updated 2022 NICE recommendations for Health Technology Assessment, and identifying utility evidence and using it in cost-effectiveness models.

  • Day 1 - Introducing QALYs and Health State Utilities for use in Cost-effectiveness Models
    • What is a QALY?
    • Preference elicitation
    • Whose preferences?
    • Generic and condition-specific preference-based measures.
  • Day 2 - Generating Health State Utilities for Public Policy in the UK in accordance with the NICE 2022 reference case for Health Technology Assessment
    • Revised NICE reference case
    • EQ-5D and how to determine whether it is inappropriate
    • What to do when EQ-5D is not appropriate
    • What is the role of vignette studies?
    • Vignette studies
    • Utility measures in children
    • International recommendation
  • Day 3 - Generating Health State Utilities for children and carers
    •  Health utilities for children and how these differ to adults
    • Generation and use of utilities for children
    • Generation and use of utilities for carers in cost-effectiveness analysis
  • Day 4 - Identification and Review of Health State Utilities for use in Cost-effectiveness Models
    • Using utility data in economic models
    • Identifying appropriate evidence from the literature
    • Critically reviewing & synthesising health state utility values
    • ISPOR taskforce recommendations
  • Day 5 - Mapping
    • Mapping
    • Data, modelling, reporting and use of model outputs
    • EQ-5D-5L to EQ-5D-3L
  • Day 6 - Collection and use of Health State Utilities for Cost-effectiveness Models
    • Health state utilities for cost-effectiveness models
    • Collection of utility data
    • Use of utility data within models

Who will benefit from the 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. 

Course content:

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


Dates and times

You can attend all six sessions, or select any number of individual sessions.

Day 1 - Tuesday 16th April, 2pm - 5pm (BST)

Day 2 - Tuesday 23rd April, 2pm - 5pm (BST)

Day 3 - Tuesday 30th April, 2pm - 5pm (BST)

Day 4 - Tuesday 7th May, 2pm - 5pm (BST)

Day 5 - Tuesday 14th May, 2pm - 5pm (BST)

Day 6 - Tuesday 21st May, 2pm - 5pm (BST)


The fee for this course is £200 per session or £1000 for the whole course

Current UOS Staff/Students

Current University of Sheffield staff and students are eligible to book at a reduced rate of £180 per session or £900 for the whole course. An active @sheffield.ac.uk email address is required to book at this reduced rate.   Please see Booking and payment section for further details.

Booking and payment

Payment can be made via credit / debit card or PayPal. Please visit the Online Store to make your booking.  

Non-University of Sheffield applicants - If your employer is paying your fees and they require an invoice, please ensure you have your purchase order details before making your booking. 

Current University of Sheffield staff and students – If you would prefer to be invoiced or to pay via an internal transfer, a purchase order will be required before you make your booking.  Please contact your department administrator or finance team for help with this.

Difficulties making your booking?

If you are having difficulties making your booking, please contact the Online Store directly at onlinestore@sheffield.ac.uk

Course delivery & requirements

This course will be delivered using the University of Sheffield's Blackboard platform.  We recommend you have:

  1. A reliable and stable internet connection
  2. A PC or laptop
  3. A webcam and microphone (preferably a USB headset)
  4. A quiet room where there will be no/minimal disruption
  5. The ability to access Google Sites and other Microsoft/Google software (ensure that there are no firewalls preventing access)

For further information please do not hesitate to contact us:

Email at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

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