A Novel Mechanism to Support Transformative Model Interrogation in Patient-Oriented Health Economics: the Peer Models Network

16 September 2020
Edmonton, Alberta

In Canada's public health care system, decision-makers often rely on information from health economics models. These models provide quantitative, probabilistic information about costs and outcomes associated with alternative treatments, technologies, or other health promotion strategies.

In the philosophy of science, there is increasing consensus that scientific modelling requires making an array of social and ethical value judgments, and a recent study detailed how these judgments manifest in health economics modelling specifically.1 To manage value judgments in science, the ‘Social Value Management Ideal’ (SVMI)2 recommends facilitating a process of ‘transformative interrogation’ in scientific inquiry, which involves creating public forums to evaluate research methods and increasing the uptake of public feedback.

In health economics, the SVMI supports giving patients and the public the opportunity to review models and give feedback to model developers. To support these goals, our research team has developed a website called ‘The Peer Models Network’ (PMN). The PMN website hosts models on the cloud using a novel technical infrastructure called PRISM, and provides standard Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) allowing users of different levels of technical backgrounds to interact with models. Visitors are invited to view scientific models directly, along with educational videos and other resources to help explain how they work, and to give feedback using online mechanisms.

This online network aims to support transformative model interrogation in health economics by making value judgments in model development transparent and interpretable, and increasing public engagement in  a process of critical review and feedback to model developers

A Novel Mechanism to Support Transformative Model Interrogation in Patient-Oriented Health Economics: the Peer Models Network

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Dr. Stephanie Harvard is a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. She received a PhD in Population and Public Health in a joint program between the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) and Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris) in 2017. Building on a background in cost-effectiveness modelling, Dr. Harvard’s current focus is on understanding the role of social, ethical, and other values in scientific modelling, and on ways to ensure that health economics models are informed by patient and public values.