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York Online Workshops in Health Economic Evaluation - 2021 

Online booking has closed for our 2021 workshops.
To receive notification of our 2022 dates once confirmed, please email irss82@york.ac.uk to request we add you to our e-mailing list.

Given the continuing worldwide uncertainty surrounding Coronavirus into 2021, the Centre for Health Economics (CHE) will not be holding our workshops as face-to-face events this year. 

Following the great success we had when we developed our face-to-face workshops for online teaching towards the end of 2020, we have further developed our workshops based on our experience and feedback from our participants. So we are delighted to announce that we will be holding the Foundations and Advanced Workshops online again throughout October and November 2021.

The Online Foundations and Advanced Workshops mirror the face-to-face versions of the York Summer Workshops which we have held for 25 years. Consistently fully subscribed, our Workshops are aimed at those initiating, undertaking, managing or interpreting economic evaluations of medicines and other interventions. 

Our workshops attract participants from around the world who work in academia, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, consultancy, health systems, government and HTA organisations.  These diverse backgrounds enhance the expert teaching, benefiting our participants by also being able to share their own contexts with each other.    

The 2021 York Online Workshops will offer 7 topics spread over 20 working days (4 weeks) comprising:

  • Pre-recorded video lectures from highly experienced CHE senior health economists split into helpful ‘bitesize’ sections.
  • Exercises relating to each topic to confirm understanding.
  • An online forum monitored by CHE health economists to support participants' work on the exercises and enable participants to interact with and support each other.
  • Model answers for each exercise by CHE senior health economists.
  • 'Live’ 1-hour question and answer (Q&A) sessions with CHE senior health economists relating to the lectures and exercises.
  • A final ‘live’ Q&A session with CHE senior health economists at the end of the workshop. 

Online workshop materials will be live and available for you to access a week before the official start date of each workshop.

IT Requirements

The workshops will be hosted on the University's learning platform based on Blackboard Learn for video presentations, discussion boards and exercises. To access the workshops you will need a computer running Windows 10 or an Apple laptop running MacOS. You must have Java installed on your computer for your browser. Chromebooks are not recommended nor is the system designed to be accessed using a mobile phone. Minimum internet connection speed for successful engagement is 4mbps download/1mbps upload. (You can test the speed of your current Internet connection at https://fast.com/)
 
The Live Q&A sessions will take place using Zoom. Minimum internet connections speed is 2mbps for both up and download.
 

Overview

‌‌We offer two York Online Workshops:

Decision-makers' demands for information on the cost-effectiveness of health technologies and other interventions have become more extensive and more sophisticated. At least seven European countries and several managed care groups in the USA now require formal submissions of economic data as part of their reimbursement processes for medicines. 

Economic evaluation is also increasingly used internationally to support decisions in areas including public health and vaccines. To keep pace with these constantly changing developments, the York Workshops programme is updated frequently to ensure we deliver the most contemporary health economic evaluation training to participants, who come from diverse private and public sector organisations around the world.

Objectives

To inform and promote understanding in key areas of health economic evaluation and to learn how to:

  • decide whether a particular evaluation is necessary
  • choose particular methods
  • identify the data required and appropriate instruments for data collection
  • undertake appropriate analysis
  • communicate the results effectively

If you are uncertain about whether the Foundations or Advanced Workshop would be more suitable for you, please refer to our self-assessment questionnaire to test your basic knowledge of economic evaluation methods, at: Foundations or Advanced Workshop (PDF , 795kb) 

Foundations

Online Foundations of Economic Evaluation in Health Care
(2021 bookings closed for this workshop)

Clear and engaging...

Previous participant

The online 'Foundations' Workshop includes comprehensive coverage of all key issues in the methods and practice of economic evaluation. It is designed for those, new to the field, wishing to appreciate and appraise studies done by others, or requiring a foundation for more advanced study. It includes discussion of the main design features of studies, such as costing methods, health state preference valuation, integrating economic analysis with clinical trials and modelling approaches. Also, given the increasing demands for studies by health care decision makers, such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK, there is in-depth discussion of official requirements and the perspectives of decision makers. The wide range of countries and work backgrounds represented among the participants provides an opportunity to learn from a wide range of experiences.

The lectures are given by Professors Michael Drummond, Andrea Manca and Mark Sculpher. In addition, there are a number of practical exercises, which provide the opportunity to learn by ‘doing’, and ample time for questions and discussion. There are also a series of recorded interviews with leaders of health technology assessment organisations internationally.

The course being virtual.. fitted mostly around my other work engagements

Previous participant

During the workshop, participants will develop these foundation skills in economic evaluation:

  • Learn how to judge the quality of a published study
  • Understand how to identify, measure, summarise and handle cost data
  • Appreciate the different ways of valuing health benefits and their pros and cons
  • Learn how to structure a decision tree and to populate a Markov model
  • Understand how to collect and analyse economic data alongside clinical studies
  • Appreciate how economic evaluation is being used in health care decision-making worldwide

The online version of the workshop will consist of:

  • Pre-recorded video lectures from CHE senior health economists. In total the workshop will include approximately 11 hours of lectures, with each lecture around 1.5-2 hours in total and split into ‘bitesize’ sections of mini-lectures.  These will be available to stream until 7 January 2022.
  • Exercises relating to each topic to confirm understanding. These will involve conceptual work to prepare an economic analysis, critical review and spreadsheet analytic work. Each exercise will take around 1.5 - 2 hours to complete.
  • An online forum. This will allow participants to post questions online regarding the lectures and exercises, and this will be supported by CHE health economists.
  • Video-recorded run-throughs for each exercise. Each exercise will be accompanied by a written model answer and/or video-recorded run-through to support participants’ learning.
  • Live question and answer (Q&A) sessions. For each topic there will be a live Q&A session by Zoom lasting approximately 1 hour, in which participants will be able to interact with CHE senior health economists, asking questions about the materials and related issues. Participants will be able to post questions and comments in various ways including live audio and video, online chat or through the forum. 
  • A final live Q&A session with CHE senior health economists. This live session at the end of the workshop will give participants the chance to ask questions relating to any area of economic evaluation.
  • Hours per week. The lectures, exercises and live Q&As all amount to an average of 7 hours per week, although we appreciate this will vary between individuals.

Q&A... a gem in your online program. ...so valuable and interesting

Previous participant

The lecturers on the workshop will include:

Professor Michael Drummond

Professor Mark Sculpher

Professor Andrea Manca

The Faculty come from the Team for Economic Evaluation and Health Technology Assessment at the Centre for Health Economics, University of York. 

Online Programme  (may be subject to change)

The professors were very communicative, enjoyable, enormously knowledgeable and often funny  

Previous participant

The video-recorded lectures, exercises and model answers or video-recorded exercise run-throughs will be sent to participants a few days before the start of the course.

Participants will be expected to have previously watched the lectures and attempted the exercises before the live Q&A session they relate to takes place. These are scheduled below.

 Topics

Content

Topic 1:

11 - 13 October 2021

Pre-recorded Lectures:

  • Introduction to economic evaluation methods
  • Methods guidelines for economic evaluation
  • Critical appraisal: how to tell a good study from a bad one 

Exercise: Critical appraisal of a published study 

Live Q&A session:
13 October, 12.00-1.00pm UK time by Zoom

Topic 2:

14 - 18 October 2021

Pre-recorded Lectures:

  • Assessment of costs in economic evaluation
  • Differential timing of costs and benefits: discounting to present values
  • Measuring and valuing benefits in economic evaluation
  • Criticisms of QALYs and alternative approaches to benefit measurement

Exercise: Costing alternative radiotherapy treatments 

Live Q&A session:
15 October, 12.00-1.00pm UK time by Zoom 

Topic 3:

19 - 21 October 2021

Pre-recorded Lectures: Modelling and decision trees

  • Overview and objectives
  • Rationale for modelling
  • Decision trees
  • Conclusions

Exercise: Building a decision tree 

Live Q&A session:
20 October, 12.00-1.00pm UK time by Zoom 

Topic 4:

22 - 26 October 2021

Pre-recorded Lectures: Markov models and Uncertainty and heterogeneity

  • Overview and objectives
  • Markov models
  • Uncertainty and heterogeneity
  • Conclusions

Exercise: Building a Markov model 

Live Q&A session:
26 October, 12.00-1.00pm UK time by Zoom 

Topic 5:

27 - 29 October 2021

Pre-recorded Lectures:

  • Economic evaluation using individual patient data: Challenges
  • Economic evaluation using individual patient data: Solutions
  • Statistical analysis of economic data: Overview and objectives
  • Statistical analysis of economic data: Understand your data 
  • Statistical analysis of economic data: Represent your data
  • Statistical analysis of economic data: Conclusions

Exercise: Statistical analysis of individual patient data (1)  

Live Q&A session:
29 October, 12.00-1.00pm UK time by Zoom 

Topic 6:

1 - 3 November 2021

Pre-recorded Lectures: Statistical analysis of economic data

  • Overview and objectives
  • Deriving patient-level cost and QALYs data
  • Dealing with skewed (cost) data
  • Missing data

Exercise: Statistical analysis of individual patient data (2) 

Live Q&A session:
2 November, 12.00-1.00pm UK time by Zoom 

Topic 7:

4 - 5 November 2021

Pre-recorded Lectures: Use of economic evaluation in health care decision making

  • General considerations
  • Value, pricing and managed entry

Exercise: Managed entry agreements for innovative new drugs 

Live end-of-workshop final Q&A session:
5 November, 12.00-1.30pm UK time by Zoom 

Workshop materials will be made live and accessible online to participants a week before the official workshop start date.

Advanced

Online Advanced Methods for Cost-Effectiveness Analysis: Meeting Decision-Makers' Requirements
(2021 bookings closed for this workshop)

The latest insights were included, and examples used were relevant and appealing

Previous participant

The Online Advanced Workshop deals with advanced methods in economic evaluation in health care. It is structured around the analytical steps required to develop economic analyses to inform decision makers such as reimbursement agencies, hospital managers and formulary committees. Although many examples relate to medical technologies (eg, drugs, devices), the principles extend to other types of intervention like public health. Recent developments in the field are covered, including those relating to evidence synthesis, uncertainty and value of information analysis.

During the workshop, participants will develop skills pertinent to all key elements of economic evaluation:

  • Develop an awareness of the policy context for economic evaluation in health
  • Understand how to scope out and plan an economic evaluation to inform health service decisions
  • Learn how to conceptualise a decision-analytic model
  • Distinguish different types of effectiveness evidence and statistical synthesis methods
  • Identify suitable evidence on costs and health-related quality of life
  • Conduct and report an economic evaluation using patient-level from a randomised controlled trial
  • Build a decision analytic model
  • Analyse uncertainty and assess the value of additional research

I could pause or repeat sections I did not get at the first time hearing

Previous participant

The online version of the workshop will consist of:

  • Pre-recorded video lectures from CHE senior health economists. In total the workshop will include approximately 12 hours of lectures, with each lecture around 1.5-2 hours in total and split into ‘bitesize’ sections of mini-lectures.  These will be available to stream until 7 January 2022.
  • Exercises relating to each topic to confirm understanding. These will involve conceptual work to prepare an economic analysis, critical review and spreadsheet analytic work. Each exercise will take around 1.5 - 2 hours to complete.
  • An online forum. This will allow participants to post questions online regarding the lectures and exercises, and this will be supported by CHE health economists.
  • Video-recorded run-throughs for each exercise. Each exercise will be accompanied by a written model answer and/or video-recorded run-through to support participants’ learning.
  • Live question and answer (Q&A) sessions. For each topic there will be a live Q&A session by Zoom lasting approximately 1 hour, in which participants will be able to interact with CHE senior health economists, asking questions about the materials and related issues. Participants will be able to post questions and comments in various ways including live audio and video, online chat or through the forum. 
  • A final live Q&A session with CHE senior health economists. This live session at the end of the workshop will give participants the chance to ask questions relating to any area of economic evaluation.
  • A series of recorded interviews with leaders of health technology assessment organisations internationally. These pre-recorded interviews will discuss how economic evaluation is used in different HTA organisations and some of the methodological and practical challenges.
  • Hours per week. The lectures, exercises and live Q&As all amount to an average of 7 hours per week, although we appreciate this will vary between individuals.

In order to get the most out of the Advanced Workshop, participants should be familiar with Drummond et al. Methods for the Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programmes, Oxford: OUP, 4th Edition, 2015, and ensure they are familiar with the main functions of Excel(R).

This list, Excel functions for Advanced exercises (PDF , 189kb), covers the main Excel functions, including visual basic for applications (VBA), used in the practical exercises should you want to refresh your skills on these functions prior to the workshop.
 

Exercises were well balanced with the lectures 

Previous participant

The lecturers on the workshop will include:

Professor Mark Sculpher

Professor Michael Drummond

Ms Rita Faria

Professor Susan Griffin

Professor Andrea Manca

Professor Stephen Palmer

Dr Claire Rothery

Dr Pedro Saramago Goncalves

The Faculty and tutors come from the Team for Economic Evaluation and Health Technology Assessment at the Centre for Health Economics, University of York. 

Online Programme (may be subject to change)

Very interesting and very well organized

Previous participant

The video-recorded lectures, exercises and model answers or video-recorded exercise run-throughs will be sent to participants a few days before the start of the workshop.

Participants will be expected to have previously watched the lectures and attempted the exercises before the live Q&A session they relate to takes place. These are scheduled below. 

 Topics

Content

Topic 1:

8 - 10 November 2021

Pre-recorded Lectures: Analytical starting points

  • Overview and objectives
  • Decisions
  • 'Decision rules'
  • Net benefits
  • Conclusions

Exercise: Decision rules (identifying a cost-effective option)

Live Q&A session:
10 November, 12.00-1.00pm UK time by Zoom 

Topic 2:

11 - 15 November 2021

Pre-recorded Lectures: Planning and conceptualising an economic evaluation

  • Overview and objectives
  • Planning an analysis
  • Methods
  • Conceptualisation
  • Conclusions

Exercise: Conceptualisation of a new health economic evaluation for a case study in asthma

Live Q&A session:
15 November, 12.00-1.00pm UK time by Zoom 

Topic 3:

16 - 18 November 2021

Pre-recorded Lectures: Populating models - effectiveness

  • Overview and objectives
  • Key concepts

Pre-recorded Lectures: Populating decision models - effectiveness evidence

  • Meta-analysis: introduction
  • Meta-analysis: fixed- and random-effects pairwise meta-analysis
  • Meta-analysis: exploring between-study heterogeneity
  • Network meta-analysis: introduction
  • Network meta-analysis: assumptions
  • Network meta-analysis: role and examples

Pre-recorded Lectures: Populating models - effectiveness

  • Reflecting heterogeneity in decision models
  • Summary and conclusions

Exercise: Identifying relevant evidence on treatment effectiveness and conducting a meta-analysis to inform the case study evaluation

Live Q&A session:
18 November, 12.00-1.00pm UK time by Zoom 

Topic 4:

19 - 23 November 2021

Pre-recorded Lectures: Populating models with costs and outcomes

  • Introduction
  • Measuring health
  • Routes to QALYs
  • Costing methods: key principles
  • Costing methods: two controversies
  • Conclusions

Exercise: Identifying the appropriate evidence on costs and outcomes to inform the case study evaluation

Live Q&A session:
23 November, 12.00-1.00pm UK time by Zoom 

Topic 5:

24 - 26 November 2021

Pre-recorded Lectures: Working with individual patient data

  • Overview and objectives
  • Know your data and learn how to analyse them

Exercise: Conducting a health economic evaluation based using individual level data

Live Q&A session:
26 November, 12.00-1.00pm UK time by Zoom 

Topic 6:

29 November - 1 December 2021

Pre-recorded Lectures: Model structure

  • Overview and objectives
  • Introducton to decision models and alternative types
  • Decision trees and Markov models
  • Area under the curve (AUC) models and cycle length
  • Extension to the Markov chain and alternatives to cohort modelling
  • Summary and conclusions

Exercise: Building a Markov model for the case study evaluation

Live Q&A session:
1 December, 12.00-1.00pm UK time by Zoom 

Topic 7:

2 - 3 December 2021

Pre-recorded Lectures: Uncertainty, heterogeneity and value of information

  • Introduction
  • Probabilistic sensitivity analysis
  • Reporting uncertainty in results
  • Introduction to value of information (VOI)
  • Informing research decisions

Exercise: Conducting probabilistic and other uncertainty analysis using the case study model

Live end-of-workshop final Q&A session:
3 December, 12.00-1.30pm UK time by Zoom 

Great flexibility

previous participant

Workshop materials will be made live and accessible online to participants a week before the official workshop start date.

Fees & Cancellations

Workshop Registration Fees

(2021 prices remain unchanged from 2020)

All our fees apply to 
organisations worldwide and are UK VAT exempt (i.e. VAT is not payable)                             

Commercial/ industry sector fee 

Public sector/ PhD student
discounted fee 

Foundations Workshop 
(booking is now closed for this workshop)

£2000.00

£1500.00 PSYOW2021 *

Advanced Workshop
(booking is now closed for this workshop) 

£2000.00

£1500.00 PSYOW2021 *

* Promotional Codes for Public Sector discounted rate: We offer a public sector discounted rate which only applies to not-for-profit organisations (e.g. universities, charities, hospitals), government agencies and other public bodies worldwide. The same discounted rate also applies to PhD students. If you are eligible for this rate, please enter the promotional code letters that are shown beneath the public sector discounted fees the table above, into the 'Promo Code' box when you complete your online registration, otherwise the discounted rate will not be applied.

Registration fees are payable in advance of the workshop dates.

We regret that we cannot reserve or hold workshop places in advance of booking or payment.

Our short training workshops do not carry any formal CPD (continuing professional development) accreditation, but all delegates are emailed a personalised certificate of completion.   

Places on the York Online Workshops are available to book until:
midnight on 28 September for the Foundations Workshop
midnight on 26 October for the Advanced Workshop 

Cancellations and alterations

For bookings of between 1 and 5 people from the same organisation:
A full refund of workshop registration fees (less a 10% administrative charge) will be made for cancellations received in writing at least one month prior to each workshop.
Cancellations made less than one month prior to each workshop are not refundable. 

For larger bookings of 6 or more people from the same organisation:
A full refund of workshop registration fees (less a 10% administrative charge) will be made for cancellations received in writing at least two months prior to each workshop.
Cancellations made less than two months prior to each workshop are not refundable. 

Substitutes can be made but please email the substitute delegate details as soon as these are known, to the Workshops Administrators

Transfers between CHE's short courses is not possible.

Deferrals may be given under extenuating circumstances but will only be valid until the end of the following year - after that there can be no further deferral or refund. 

In the unlikely event that, due to unforeseen circumstances, any of the workshops have to be cancelled by the University of York, our liability is limited to a refund of paid workshop fees only.

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Who to contact

  • York Online Workshops Administrators
    (Vanessa King, Kay Fountain, Tim Glover)
    irss82@york.ac.uk
    Tel: +44 (0)1904 321450 / 321449

2021 York Online Workshops Dates

  • Foundations Workshop
    11 Oct - 5 Nov 2021
  • Advanced Workshop
    8 Nov - 3 Dec 2021

7 topics spread over 4 weeks (20 working days)

Course materials will be available online 1 week before official start dates