#HC-02-38 Measuring and Valuing Health
About CourseThe University of Sheffield
Explore how and why we decide what drugs and treatments should be funded
Healthcare systems around the world are increasingly under pressure to fund new drugs, treatments and other healthcare interventions.
On this course, you’ll learn how health outcome measuring can help us to make more informed decisions about where to spend our limited healthcare budgets.
You’ll find out how patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) and quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) are developed and calculated, and learn how they can be used to compare treatment benefits in practice.
The course focuses on two different types of measures, asking how they’re developed and calculated, and how they’re used by decision makers in practice:
- Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs): which are measures completed by the patients themselves, about their health, symptoms, functioning, well-being or satisfaction with treatment.
- Quality Adjusted Life Years (QALYs): which compare the benefits of different treatment options, based on the quality and quantity of life they yield.
What Will I Learn?
- Discuss what health means and how to measure its impact on quality of life.
- Evaluate how to develop and use patient reported outcome measures including their limitations in decision-making.
- Calculate QALYs in simple examples to arrive at values which can be used to compare treatment benefits.
- Perform a time trade off to develop an understanding of how this method can be used to value health states and generate preference weights.
- Debate who should value our health. Should it be patients, health professionals or the general public and should this be different for children’s health?
- Compare where QALYs are used in healthcare decision-making worldwide and discuss the merits of this method compared to those used where you live.
Topics for this course
The challenge of measuring health
What does health mean to you?
How can we measure health?
Types of measures of health
The challenge of creating a generic measure of HRQoL00:03:22
Patient Reported Outcome Measures
What is a PROM?
Developing a PROM00:07:13
Key considerations for developing a PROM
A generic PROM: The SF-36
A condition specific PROM: The ePAQ00:05:02
Generic and condition specific PROMs: the advantages and disadvantages
PROMs in practice
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