In the early years of the coalition government, David Cameron lauded the measurement of happiness and well-being as an indicator of national performance. Data on life satisfaction have been collected and published by the Office for National Statistics every year since… Read More »Well-being and gross national happiness for policy
This was my first experience of the biennial conference organised by the International Society on Priorities in Health Care. The society was founded in 1996 at the University of Birmingham in the UK and returned to its spiritual home 20… Read More »Meeting round-up: Priorities 2016
Every Monday our authors provide a round-up of some of the most recently published peer reviewed articles from the field. We don’t cover everything, or even what’s most important – just a few papers that have interested the author. Visit our Resources… Read More »Alastair Canaway’s journal round-up for 12th September 2016
Every Monday our authors provide a round-up of some of the most recently published peer reviewed articles from the field. We don’t cover everything, or even what’s most important – just a few papers that have interested the author. Visit our Resources… Read More »Chris Sampson’s journal round-up for 5th September 2016
I attended the inaugural Patient Reported Outcomes Measures (PROMs) Conference in Sheffield on Thursday 9 June 2016. Supported by four NIHR CLAHRCs across England, it offered an opportunity for those who work with PROMs to present to over 100 people… Read More »Conference round-up: PROMs Conference Sheffield 2016
Some recent research from the Centre for Health Economics at Monash University has quantified something that we are all aware of: fudging in the measurement of health-related quality of life. They have found that, on average, randomly changing from one… Read More »The ‘Q’ in the QALY: are we fudging it?
I recently signed up for a clinical trial (www.intervalstudy.org.uk). The baseline questionnaire included the SF-36. Under normal circumstances I would be at full health for all questions but, on this occasion, I was not. If the researchers go on to… Read More »The economics of bereavement
Economics is largely about trade-offs and compromise. Academics study the former but don’t often engage in the latter. In health economics, as in other fields, a key trade-off is between equity and efficiency. We’ve been studying this for a.very.long.time. Despite this, as… Read More »The potential of the super QALY to reconcile the key contentions in health economics