Best Health Services and Policy Research Papers – 2018 Award winner

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Best Health Services and Policy Research Papers - 2018 Award winner
I was thrilled to be awarded the Overall winner of the 2018 HSRAANZ Best Health Services and Policy Research Paper last night. These awards recognise the best scientific works in the field health services and policy research. The award was for my paper on cancer-related lost productivity in the developing countries Brazil, Russia, India, China ...

Cancer is about more than health: work and leisure after cancer

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Cancer is about more than health: work and leisure after cancer
This is a guest blogpost by Marjon Faaij, who I was delighted to supervise for her Master of Pharmacy research project.  We made a great team – Marjon had a personal interest in the impact of cancer on daily life, and I had access to some data about cancer survivorship through the PROFILES registry. Even better, because ...

Treating anxiety in people with cancer could save the health system money

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Treating anxiety in people with cancer could save the health system money
It is normal to experience distress after a cancer diagnosis, but for some people distress can become so severe it affects a person’s mental health. We found that people who have anxiety as well as cancer often cost the health system more, particularly when anxiety is undiagnosed and untreated. Cancer patients with clinical levels of ...

$46 billion in productivity lost to cancer in developing countries

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$46 billion in productivity lost to cancer in developing countries
Premature – and potentially avoidable – death from cancer is costing tens of billions of dollars in lost productivity in a group of key developing economies that includes China, India and South Africa. Over two-thirds of the world’s cancer deaths occur in economically developing countries, but the societal costs of cancer have rarely been assessed ...

Our respondents didn’t understand these questions – do you?

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Dr Alison Pearce has won a Best Poster Presentation Award at the Health Economics Study Group Winter Meeting 2016 (HESG) held in Manchester in January 2016. The award was given for Alison’s poster “Our respondents didn’t understand these questions – do you? Cognitive interviewing highlights unanticipated decision making in a discrete choice experiment.” The poster described 17 ...

ISPOR Best New Investigator Award

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Dr Alison Pearce has won a Best New Investigator Presentation Award at the Annual European Congress of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR). The award recognises the scientific merit of a podium presentation at the conference, which was held in Milan, Italy. The award was given for Alison’s work which found that ...

Research on the costs of cancer to be presented at an international conference in India

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Cancer deaths in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (the largest emerging economies in the world) result in over $51 billion (USD) in lost productivity each year. These results are being presented at an international conference in India today. Researchers at the National Cancer Registry Ireland (NCRI) have estimated that lost productivity due to ...

The cost to society for time off work after head and neck cancer

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When people take time off work because of cancer, society loses their contribution to the economy. Our new study looks at different ways of valuing this contribution. Most people with cancer take some time off work for treatment, recuperation and rehabilitation. As well as impacting on a person’s sense of identity and quality of life, ...

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. ...