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    


  • Economic evaluation of type 2 diabetes prevention programmes: Markov model of low- and high-intensity lifestyle programmes and metformin in participants with different categories of intermediate hyperglycaemia. Roberts S., Craig D., Adler A., McPherson K., Greenhalgh T., BMC Medicine. Click here to view
  • Yemi Oluboyede, invited speaker, 'ASO Symposium 1 – Should we be adopting a less weight-centred approach?',  at the 3rd UK Congress on Obesity 2016.  Presentation title: Innovations in measurements: Quality of life and economic evaluation. (UKCO2016) http://asoorguk.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/UKCO-2016-Full-Programme-7.pdf
  • Thinking that somebody's going to delay (a tonsillectomy) for one to two years is quite horrifying really': a qualitative feasibility study for the NAtional Trial of Tonsillectomy IN Adults (NATTINA Part 2). McSweeney LA, O'hara JT, Rousseau NS, Stocken DD, Sullivan F, Vale L et al, Clinical Otolaryngology 42 (3), 578-583
  • Development and refinement of the WAItE: a new obesity-specific quality of life measure for adolescents. Oluboyede Y, Hulme C, Hill A. Quality of Life Research Epub ahead of print
  • Evaluation of a complex healthcare intervention to increase smoking cessation in pregnant women: interrupted time series analysis with economic evaluation. Bell R, Glinianaia S, van der Waal Z, Close A, Moloney E, Jones S, et al. Tobacco Control Epub ahead of print
  • New book! HEG's Heather Brown has published a guide to evaluating public health interventions from an economists perspective. It's now available as an ebook or to pre-order as a hardback here.


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.


Cochrane Methods Workshops 

Want to learn from one of our own? Luke Vale, Health Foundation Chair in Health Economics at Newcastle University, is leading a workshop before the Cochrane Colloquium offering an introduction to economic methods covering:

  • Economic concepts relevant to Cochrane reviews
  • How (and why) economic evidence and perspective should be incorporated into Cochrane reviews
  • Different types of economic evaluation 
  • What to consider and include when writing a systematic protocol to include economic evidence

For more information on the workshop and to book your space please visit the Cochrane Colloquium website here.