HEDS is part of the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield. We undertake research, teaching, training and consultancy on all aspects of health related decision science, with a particular emphasis on health economics, HTA and evidence synthesis.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

John Brazier elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences

The Fellowship brings together world-leading scientists from across the UK to pioneer the research that will transform the future of public health.  Celebrated globally, their work is renowned for providing real benefits to society while breaking new academic ground.

Fellows are elected from across the spectrum of biomedical and health research. Representing the cutting edge of medical science, they are chosen for their outstanding contribution to research and society.

More, here.

Image: John Brazier by The University of Sheffield

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Modelling job in HEDS

We are currently looking for a Research Associate in Public Health Policy Modelling to work on the development of agent based public health policy models.  The post is linked to the international, inter-disciplinary project CASCADE (Calibrated Agent Simulations for Combined Analysis of Drinking Etiologies), funded by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The CASCADE project is a five-year collaboration between four world-leading centres in public health research: The University of Sheffield (UK), the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Toronto), the Public Health Institute (California) and Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore).

Further information is available here.

Image:  Opportunity Center by Jason Tester Guerrilla Futures


Monday, 22 May 2017

HEDS teaching in Budapest

Paul Tappenden and Matt Stevenson recently travelled to Budapest to teach on the MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing run by Eötvös Loránd University. This is the second year of teaching and strengthens the links between the Universities. Topics covered in the 12 lectures included: Modelling time to event data; conceptual modelling; whole disease modelling; discrete event simulation; individual patient modelling; and a case study detailing a NICE Technology Appraisal.

Image: Budapest by Sara Stierch


Friday, 19 May 2017

We've had a makeover! The HEDS Webpage reveals its new look.

screenshot of the HEDS redesigned homepage


The HEDS webpage is a vast treasure-trove of information about the wide-ranging activity of our staff and students, but navigating such a diverse set of pages was becoming increasingly challenging. So, the homepage has had a major redesign, making finding the information you want quicker and easier. The 'carousel' highlights three key new stories from HEDS, the left-hand menu has been slimmed down to focus on key areas, our LIVE twitter feed is on the right and if you scroll down a little, information on our research, teaching, collaborations and consultancy is just a click away! Point your browser to: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/scharr/sections/heds and see for yourself.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

April’s CEAs, systematic reviews and epidemiological models in LMICs

To help us keep on top of current research in low and middle-income countries, we are running a monthly search of research that is aligned to our core research interests.  It's a simple search strategy, with those published in April that are most aligned to our interests listed below.  The full list of articles is kept in our "Searches archive" in the right-hand column.
  • Campolina AG, Rozman LM, Decimoni TC, Leandro R, Novaes HM, De Soarez PC. Many Miles to Go: A Systematic Review of the State of Cost-Utility Analyses in Brazil. Applied health economics and health policy. 2017;15(2):163-72.
  • De Oliveira GL, Guerra Junior AA, Godman B, Acurcio FA. Cost-effectiveness of vildagliptin for people with type 2 diabetes mellitus in Brazil; findings and implications. Expert review of pharmacoeconomics & outcomes research. 2017;17(2):109-19.
  • Lince-Deroche N, Fetters T, Sinanovic E, Devjee J, Moodley J, Blanchard K. The costs and cost effectiveness of providing first-trimester, medical and surgical safe abortion services in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. PloS one. 2017;12(4):e0174615.
  • Shim E. Cost-effectiveness of dengue vaccination in Yucatan, Mexico using a dynamic dengue transmission model. PloS one. 2017;12(4):e0175020.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

April’s CEAs.....

Our quick search for CEA’s published in April uncovered 43 articles.   In the right-hand column of this blog is a CEA Archive, which includes our CEA search results by month.  Below are those in our areas of interest.
  • Goto D, Shih YT, Lecomte P, Olson M, Udeze C, Park Y, et al. Regression-Based Approaches to Patient-Centered Cost-Effectiveness Analysis. PharmacoEconomics. 2017.
  • Othus M, Bansal A, Koepl L, Wagner S, Ramsey S. Accounting for Cured Patients in Cost-Effectiveness Analysis. Value in health : the journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. 2017;20(4):705-9.
  • Wikman-Jorgensen PE, Llenas-Garcia J, Perez-Porcuna TM, Hobbins M, Ehmer J, Mussa MA, et al. Microscopic observation drug-susceptibility assay vs. Xpert(R) MTB/RIF for the diagnosis of tuberculosis in a rural African setting: a cost-utility analysis. Tropical medicine & international health : TM & IH. 2017.

Monday, 15 May 2017

New project: Assessing biological treatment of rheumatoid arthritis for Haute Autorite De Sante

ScHARR is conducting a systematic review and network meta-analysis investigating biological treatment of rheumatoid arthritis not previously treated with disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs, and after the failure of conventional disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs only.  This project is commissioned by the French National Authority for Health (HAS).  It is an update of previous work by ScHARR, conducted for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, for the Technology Appraisal (TA375). The project, running in early 2017, compares seven biological disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs, as well as biosimilars.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

HEDS Andy Tattersall speaking at this year's Pint of Science Festival

Andy Tattersall from HEDS is delivering a talk as part of the national festival of science held in pubs - Pint of Science. His talk will be on 'How to Avoid Information Overload', something many of us really struggle with. The talk takes place at Couch, 29-31 Campo Lane, Sheffield and entrance is £4 with doors opening at 7pm.
To book a place go here
https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/the-ultimate-survival-guide-to-computers


Image of Andy Tattersall
Andy Tattersall
The theme of the night is 'The Ultimate Survival Guide to Computers'

The devices in our pockets hold more power than the rocket that first took people to the moon. With the progress of technology showing no sign of stopping, we present three talks aimed at giving you a sneak peek into some of the crazy complex processes that our mobile computers are capable of doing. Please note that this event takes place on the ground floor and is accessible for those with impaired mobility. Alcohol, hot and cold drinks will be on offer and there will cakes and snacks available.

Andy's Abstract

Do you feel overwhelmed and distracted by all of the emails, text messages, website and social media updates, likes, pings, pokes, snapchats? Two things are certain, you are not alone and those distractions are not going to go away unless you get a handle on them. As the amount of content we generate on the web continues to grow at a rapid pace and we look to make better use of our time, personally and professionally, Andy Tattersall will show you some of the ways you can do to take back control. All you need is willpower and a terrible wifi connection.

Andy wrote a piece about how to avoid Information Overload which was covered by CNN.

HEDS Discussion Papers

In the last three months we’ve published the following DPs….

Experience-based utility and own health state valuation: why do it and how to do it
J Brazier, D Rowen, M Karimi, T Peasgood, A Tsuchiya, J Ratcliffe

Development of methods for the mapping of utilities using mixture models: An application to asthma
L A Gray, M Hernández Alava, A J Wailoo

Image: Asthma by PracticalCures.com


EQ-5D-5L versus 3L: the impact on cost-effectiveness
M Hernandez Alava, A Wailoo, S Grimm, S Pudney, M Gomes, Z Sadique, D Meads, J O’Dwyer , G Barton, L Irvine.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Rapid Reviews Short Course Deadline

We still have a few places remaining on our upcoming ScHARR Rapid Review Methods short course on Friday, 19th May 2017.

What does the course deliver?

If the review is to be delivered in a shorter time frame or a smaller budget it may seem inevitable that it will no longer be able to remain transparent, rigorous, exhaustive and comprehensive. What are the implications of any shortcuts that might be taken? Can we measure the impact of such shortcuts? Which methods might be adopted when undertaking a rapid review? What do commissioners want? What is the balance between working smarter and short changing the commissioners? How do you create a team that can work together more efficiently within a shorter timescale? These questions will be explored through a detailed examination of tools that can be used and adapted to meet the particular needs of each rapid review.

Further details are available here.  Bookings will now close at midnight on Sunday, 14th May 2017.