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Efficient Value of Information Calculation: An Applied Perspective

Posted by Haitham Tuffaha on 5 April 2016

In a study between the Centre for Applied Health Economics (CAHE) and the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield, Haitham Tuffaha and co-authors applied a nonparametric regression approach to calculate value of information in economic models. The study demonstrated the value of nonparametric regression as an accurate, practical, and fast approach to calculate the expected value of sample information (EVSI), which is a useful measure to inform adoption decisions, optimise trial design and set research priority. The study has been published in Value in Health.

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How much do we actually spend on treating skin cancer?

Posted by Louisa Gordon on 17 December 2015
Louisa Gordon was interviewed on ABC News Radio Melbourne about her presentation at the 3rd International Skin Cancer Prevention Conference in Melbourne.
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Cost-effective interventions in the Emergency Department

Posted by Paul Scuffham on 1 December 2015
Prof Scuffham presented at the annual conference of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine on 23 November. Voice prompted scanners for armband barcodes improved labelling and checking patient identification for administration of medicines and for pathology tests for relatively low cost. However, cost-savings could easily be achieved by not giving IV fluids to alcohol intoxicated patients and greater cost-savings could be obtained by not taking samples for pathology.  Another cost-saving intervention was having radiographers instead of radiologists - to report on x-rays ordered from the ED. This also reduced the time for the availability of the report and thereby could reduce the time spent in the ED. This practice is now widely used in the UK.
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