Welcome to the Health Economics Group

As part of the world renowned Institute of Health & Society, the Health Economics Group prides itself on high quality research. Our group is expanding all the time and I hope that this website lets you see our research interests and examples of our work

Luke Vale, Health Foundation Chair in Health Economics    


 


Research

Based within the Institute of Health & Society at Newcastle University, the Health Economics Group is involved in a wide variety of health economics research  aimed at informing and guiding decision-making and health policy by addressing questions such as the economic-determinants of poor health, the valuation of benefits associated with technologies to prevent and treat ill-health and, the identification and evaluation of policies to promote Health & Wellbeing.

The work is divided between three main research themes:

Within the economic evaluation theme in addition to improving methods on cost-effectiveness analysis we also conduct extensive preference elicitation research. SEED (Supporting Excellence in End of Life care for Dementia) is an example where these methodologies are applied.  Other research themes explore economic health inequalities as part of clinical trials such as FiCTION (Filling Children’s Teeth: Indicated Or Not?)  or the socio-economic determinants related to unhealthy behaviours.

News

Recent publications

Hill S, Mason H, Poole M, Vale L, Robinson L, on behalf of the SEED team.  What is important at the end of life for people with dementia? The views of people with dementia and their carers.  Internation journal of geriatric psychiatry 2016

McParlin C, O'Donnell A, Robson SC, Beyer F, Moloney E, Bryant A, Bradley J, Muirhead C, Nelson-Piercy C, Newbury-Birch D, Norman J, Shaw C, Simpson E, Swallow B, Yates L, Vale L.  Treatments for Hyperemesis Gravidarum and Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy, A Systematic Review.  JAMA 2016;316(13):1392-1401

Azuara-Blanco A, Burr J, Ramsay C, Cooper D, Foster PJ, Friedma D, Scotland G, Javanbakht M, Cochrane C, Norrie J for the EAGLE study group.  Effectiveness of early lens extration for the treatment of primary angle-closure glaucoma (EAGLE): a randomised controlled trial.  The Lancet 2016; 388(10052):1389-1397

Bhattarai N, McMeekin P, Price C, Vale L. Economic evaluations on centralisation of specialised healthcare services: a systematic review of methods.  BMJ Open 2016;6:e011214