Methods of Health Technology Assessment and Health Economics

Partnership Objectives

  1. Teach participants underlying theoretical principles (knowledge) and guide hands-on training (skills) in the fundamentals of health technology assessment and health economics;
  2. Provide participants with an overview of advanced topics in these areas (attitudes). 

The program is comprised of three workshops organized around Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA). The program is comprised of three workshops organized around Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA). Copyright BMS

What are the health needs and challenges? 

The role of health economics and outcomes research with regards to health care decision making is increasing.  There is, however, the need to ensure this area of research is well understood and the data and information generated from this research is accurately interpreted and used within the health care decision making process. Therefore, this programme was designed is to allow the participants to gain experience with decision modelling, patient reported outcomes, micro-simulation and assessment of uncertainty, and principles and practice of health technology assessment.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

The programme is comprised of three workshops organized around Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA). The teaching and learning will both begin and end with MCDA. Workshop 1 will focus on describing the key elements of health technology assessment and multi-criteria decision analysis; comparing and contrasting study designs in quantitative health research; identifying elements in a budget impact model and an economic evaluation; and defining and employing economic concepts including opportunity cost, marginal gains, cost-effectiveness frontiers, and allocative efficiency. Workshop 2 will cover systematic reviews and meta-analysis.  Workshop 3 will describe the key elements of pharmacoepidemiology and comparative effectiveness research; describe and measure utilities; list the steps of the decision-making process and making decisions under uncertainty and develop accurate and useful decision trees; and develop a budget impact model and an economic evaluation.  

Summary of impact and forward looking information

Participants were given a strong foundation of HEOR knowledge in a robust framework. Their understanding of the material was reinforced by their engagement in the course. Participants expressed how the knowledge gained from the program will impact their daily practice and clarified to them the real challenges in decision making by adopting new methods and the need for health economics department in the ministry of health and in authorities.  


Partnership information

Company(ies) Bristol-Myers Squibb

Partner(s) Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Oxford Outcomes

Type of Partner(s) Academia / Hospitals, Government

Therapeutic Focus Other

Disease(s) General Health

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Health System Infrastructure - Training

Targeted Population(s) Health professionals, Teachers

Region(s) Middle East & North Africa

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) Saudi Arabia

Start Date 2013

Anticipated completion date Ongoing