Review finds costs of cancer-related premature mortality are rising

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A review of the premature mortality costs associated with cancer has found that these costs are substantial, and appear to be rising. Premature mortality costs are one component of the societal impact that cancer has on the economic health of a country, on top of the obvious population health burden. These costs to society are related ...

Selecting a wage growth rate for economic evaluations in an uncertain economy

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Selecting a wage growth rate for economic evaluations in an uncertain economy
When doing economic evaluation you often need to forecast into the future.  And when projecting about earnings, you need to account for changes in the economy (for example, inflation). I am currently working on a study examining productivity losses associated with cancer in Ireland, and need to account for wage growth in the future.  But ...

ISPOR 2013 Posters

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I am attending the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) conference in Dublin on the 2nd to the 6th of November. As part of this I am presenting two posters related to my PhD. 1. Can administrative data predict chemotherapy adverse events? 2. Australian standard costs and consequences of four chemotherapy adverse events. ...

Getting started with social media to promote your research

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Imagine a newspaper where you get to choose the sections to include (front page, finance, politics, entertainment, sport etc), and also who writes the articles in each section…  Welcome to twitter… Is twitter a social media fad for tween girls to share their love of Justin Bieber, or is it a social media tool that ...

Comparing the Australian and Irish Cancer Registries

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Having just moved from Australia to Ireland to do a post-doc at the National Cancer Registry, I was interested in comparing the Australian and Irish cancer registration systems.  Both countries have excellent cancer registries, with some similarities as well as differences between them.  A table comparing the features of each system is below, but the primary differences ...

Multiple regression ‘cheat sheet’

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This was a ‘cheat sheet’ I put together during the ACSPRI 2012 Winter Program course “Fundamentals of Multiple Regression” (Fun Reg). The cheat sheet simply summarises the concepts, formula’s and assumptions often used in regression analysis which were discussed in the course. Fun Reg Cheat Sheet This was a fantastic course that I would highly ...

Resources for Emerging Researchers

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This blog post was originally written for and published by the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ) Emerging Researcher Group (ERGO) section of the December 2012 Newsletter. It has been, and will continue to be, updated as I find out about new resources.   The number of resources for PhD students ...

My experience of working with data that isn’t ‘mine’

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This blog post was originally written for and published by the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ) Emerging Researcher Group (ERGO) section of the August 2012 Newsletter.   During my PhD I was lucky enough to be offered access to a large dataset for analysis.  This was a fantastic opportunity, which ...