NOAHE News is Good News vol. 5

Welcome to NOAHE News is Good News volume 5! If you have information you wish to share with NOAHE members, email us at noahe@ihe.ca. THANK YOU to all of you for your interest, for attending NOAHE events, and for your support!


NOAHE Announcements


Mazankowski Bursary Award

Congratulations to this years Mazankowski Busary Award recipients! These eight student bursaries, presented in partnership with the Institute of Health Economics, are awarded to students registered in courses offered by the Department of Economics at the Universities of Alberta and Calgary, and are valued at $2,000.00 each. Required GPA >3.5 in first year graduate courses.

U of A Mazankowski Award winnersCongratulations to the Unversity of Alberta
2019 IHE Mazankowsky Bursary Award winners!

In this photo (from left): Dr. Arto Ohinmaa (University of Alberta), Dr. Mike Paulden (University of Alberta), Ryan Au (Award Winner), Ryan Fung (Award Winner), Julia Dabravolskaj (Award Winner), Carla Ickert (Award Winner), Dr. Christopher McCabe (IHE)

 

U of A Mazankowski Award winnersCongratulations to the Unversity of Calgary
2019 IHE Mazankowsky Bursary Award winners!

In this photo (from left): Dr. Mingshan Lu (University of Calgary), Dr. Christopher McCabe (IHE), Eashita Dabas (Award Winner), Kolawole Adedapo (Award Winner), Melanie Varkey (Award Winner), Dr. Jeff Round (IHE). Missing (inset): Anuj Sharma (Award Winner)
Photo by Jill Thompson Photography.
 


Is your organization looking to take on a health economics intern and/or fellow? Do you support health economics students with scholarships and/or grants? Need some help getting the word out? We would be happy to help! Email us at noahe@ihe.ca!


Upcoming Events

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NOAHE Health Economics & Technology Assessment Rounds III

The Network of Alberta Health Economists (NOAHE) is delighted to announce that the popular NOAHE Health Economics and Technology Assessment Rounds will be resuming in September 2019.

Round Objectives
  • To present research on topics of relevance to health economists, trainees, and policy-makers across Alberta.
  • To bring experts in health economics to Alberta to present on cutting-edge research.
  • To encourage collaboration and discourse among Alberta health economists and policy-makers.
Event Details

Venue: Alternates between the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, and the Institute of Health Economics.
Time: All rounds run from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm MT unless otherwise specified.

For more information, please click the following link: NOAHE Rounds III

DYK: The first NOAHE Health Economics and Technology Assessment Round was viewed by
approximately 92 people, including international audiences - some as far abroad as Egypt?

Did you miss a recent NOAHE Round?

Click the link below to watch past NOAHE Health Economics and Technology Assessment sessions!
YouTube link: https://bit.ly/2PnXeHo

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NOAHE Health Economics and Outcomes Research Student-led Seminars

The NOAHE Health Economics and Outcomes Research Student Seminars are presented by the Network of Alberta Health Economists in collaboration with the University of Alberta School of Public Health Journal Club.

Seminar Objectives

The NOAHE Health Economics and Outcomes Research Student Seminar Series seeks to promote discourse related to health economics research, allowing participants to gain insight and consideration across a range of university departments, while encouraging collaboration and networking opportunities.

Event Details

Venue: Alternates between the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary.
Time: All seminars run from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm MT unless otherwise indicated.

For more information, please click the following link: NOAHE Health Economics and Outcomes Research Seminars.

AB Health Economics Study Group 2019

Alberta Health Economics Study Group 2019

The Alberta Health Economics Study Group (AHESG) aims to bring together Alberta-based health economists for a day of lively discussion about current research and will provide an opportunity for networking.

Keynote Presentation

Learning from Canada’s health care systems: The promise, perils, and potholes of quasi-experimental methods in health economics research

Erin Strumpf profile pictureKeynote Speaker

Dr. Erin Strumpf, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health and Department of Economics, McGill University

Read Dr. Strumpf's biography HERE!

 

Event Details

Dates: November 4 – 5, 2019

Dinner: Monday, November 4
Venue: Ampersand 27
Location: 10612 - 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, Alberta

Seminar: Tuesday, November 5
Venue: University of Alberta, (City Room, Peter Lougheed Hall)
Location: 11011 Saskatchewan Dr NW, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2B4

Registration link: https://ahesg2019.eventbrite.ca


Other Events of Interest

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Using Discrete Choice Experiments in Health Economics: Theoretical and Practical Issues

Finite public resources coupled with an increasing demand for health care means that decisions must be made about how to most efficiently allocate the scarce health care budget. This requires information about costs and benefits of health care. Health economists have developed techniques that can provide values for health care benefits. A technique that is increasingly used for this purpose is the discrete choice experiment (DCE) method.

DCEs are now widely applied to value health and health care. Furthermore, DCEs are a potential method to recognise the importance of patient centred care, and to value patient experiences in the delivery of health care. DCEs are also applied more widely to consider population and health care professionals’ preferences in many areas of health policy.

Dates: Sept 8 – 11, 2019
Time: The workshop starts at 9:00 am on Day 1 and finishes at 1:00 pm on Day 3 with lunch to follow.
Location: Banff, Alberta
Venue: Banff Conference Centre
Register: https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ereg/newreg.php?eventid=392142&

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Implementation science: If it's not knowledge translation, and not change management, what is it? (Breakfast Presentation)

A breakfast presentation on implementation science for public policy leaders, healthcare providers, managers, and researchers.

The Institute of Health Economics is pleased to present "Implementation science: If it's not knowledge translation, and not change management, what is it?" with Dr. Carl May, Professor of Medical Sociology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Presentation Details

Date: September 3, 2019
Networking Breakfast: 8:30 am – 9:00 am MT
Presentation: 9:00 am – 10:30 am MT
Location: Peter Lougheed Hall, City Room, 11011 Saskatchewan Drive
* Continental breakfast will be provided.

Please note: Registration is required to attend this event. This presentation is SOLD OUT. However, you are welcome to add your name to the wait list. We will notify you if a seat becomes available!

For more information about this event, please visit the event webpage or contact hprice@ihe.ca.

Igniting innovation and thinking through implementation with Normalization Process Theory (Two-day Workshop)

A two-day workshop on a sociological method for the planning and implementation of new innovations into the health system called Normalization Process Theory (NPT), for public policy leaders, healthcare providers, managers, and researchers.

The Institute of Health Economics is pleased to present "Igniting innovation and thinking through implementation with Normalization Process Theory," a two-day hands-on workshop with renowned speakers Dr. Carl May, Professor of Medical Sociology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Dr. Tracy Finch, Professor of Healthcare & Implementation Science at Northumbria University.

Two-Day Workshop Details:

Date: September 3 – 4, 2019
Location: Peter Lougheed Hall, City Room, 11011 Saskatchewan Drive
* A light lunch will be provided both days.

Please note: Registration is required to attend this event. This workshop is SOLD OUT. However, you are welcome to add your name to the wait list. We will notify you if a seat opens up!

For more information about this event, please visit the event webpage or contact hprice@ihe.ca.


NOAHE Initiatives

NOAHE is continually seeking to meet the needs of NOAHE members in new and exciting ways – one such new initiative is the NOAHE Virtual Forum!


NOAHE Virtual Forum

The NOAHE Virtual Forum is an online space for members to connect. It serves as a platform to discuss health economics concepts, and to pose questions to health economics experts, as well as to policy and student members.

Visit NOAHE.ca/forum for more information.


Showcased Publications on NOAHE.ca!

PublicationsNOAHE proudly showcases work from its Health Economist Members – on our website and via social media (@NetworkofABHE)! Here are the last five publications showcased. New publications shared every week! Want to showcase your work? Email us at noahe@ihe.ca!

Please note: The publications listed on this page serve to showcase the work of our individual members only, and do not necessarily represent the views of the Network of Alberta Health Economists (NOAHE), NOAHE Members, and/or NOAHE funders.

Showcased Publications by NOAHE Members

The Costs of Industry-Sponsored Drug Trials in Canada
This study, published in PharmacoEconomics – Open, reports exploratory analysis of the provincial and nationwide costs of industry-sponsored drug clinical trials (CTs) in Canada. The costs of industry-sponsored drug CTs completed in 2016 were $Can2.1 billion. In addition to the creation of knowledge, these trials play an important role in alleviating the healthcare cost burden in Canada. Appropriate policy should be in place to foster industry investments in clinical research to advance both scientific and economic merits. This research was funded with an unrestricted grant from Innovative Medicines Canada.
Authors: Dat Tran, Ilke Akpinar, Philip Jacobs
Publication Date: July 2019

Current and future direct healthcare cost burden of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Alberta, Canada
The objective of this paper was to examine the resource use and healthcare costs for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Alberta, Canada between 2008 and 2016 and model the future costs to 2030.
Authors: Dat Tran, Thanh Nguyen, Arto Ohinmaa, Irvin Mayers, Philip Jacobs
Publication Date: July 2019

Impact of growing up with a sibling with a neurodevelopmental disorder on the quality of life of an unaffected sibling: a scoping review
Growing up with a sibling with a neurodevelopmental disorder can have positive and negative effects on personal, social and emotional well-being; however, little is known about the impacts on unaffected siblings’ quality of life. The purpose of this review was to synthesize evidence from studies evaluating the quality of life of unaffected siblings of children with neurodevelopmental disorders.
Authors: Ramesh Lamsal, Wendy J. Ungar
Publication Date: May 2019

Examining postpartum depression screening effectiveness in well child clinics in Alberta, Canada: A study using the All Our Families cohort and administrative data
Affecting 10–15% of women, postpartum depression (PPD) can be debilitating and costly. While early identification has the potential to improve timely care, recommendations regarding the implementation of routine screening are inconsistent. In Alberta, screening is completed using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale during public health well child clinic visits. The objective of this study was to examine the effectiveness of screening in identifying, diagnosing and treating women at increased risk for PPD over the first year postpartum, compared to those unscreened.
Authors: Shainur Premji, Sheila McDonald, Amy Metcalfe, Deborah A. McNeil, Hude Quan, Peter Faris, Suzanne Tough
Publication Date: May 2019

Discriminative validity of the EQ-5D-5 L and SF-12 in older adults with arthritis
The EQ-5D-5 L and the SF-12 are the most commonly used generic measures of health-related quality of life among people with arthritis. However, there is little evidence on the extent to which the individual dimensions and domains of these instruments perform among this population. The objective was to examine the discriminative validity of the EQ-5D-5 L and the SF-12 version 2 (and SF-6D) in capturing the burden of arthritis on health-related quality of life in older adults.
Authors: Andrews Tawiah, Fatima Al Sayah, Arto Ohinmaa, Jeffrey Johnson
Publication Date: April 2019

Variable access to antiviral treatment of chronic hepatitis B in Canada: a descriptive study
Antiviral treatment for chronic hepatitis B is costly, which presents challenges for universal drug coverage for the estimated 480 000 people with the disease in Canada. We appraised criteria for reimbursement of chronic hepatitis B antivirals by public drug plans in Canada.
Authors: Stephen Congly, Mayur Brahmania
Publication Date: March 2019

The association between payment model and specialist physicians’ selection of patients with diabetes: a descriptive study
As the number of people with chronic diseases increases, understanding the impact of payment model on the types of patients seen by specialists has implications for improving the quality and value of care. We sought to determine if there is an association between specialist physician payment model and the types of patients seen.
Authors: Amity Quinn, Alun Edwards, Peter Senior, Kerry McBrien, Brenda Hemmelgarn, Marcello Tonelli, Flora Au, Zhihai Ma, Robert G. Weaver, Braden Manns
Publication Date: February 2019

Supporting healthy pregnancies: Examining variations in nutrition, weight management and substance abuse advice provision by prenatal care providers in Alberta, Canada
Pregnancy is a critical time for fetal development, and education of women regarding healthy lifestyle choices is an important function for prenatal care providers, those that provide care to women during pregnancy. Within Canada, women choose to receive pregnancy care from one of a variety of publicly funded care providers. This study examines the association between the type of care provider(s) seen during pregnancy and the provision of advice related to nutrition, weight management and substance abuse.
Authors: Shainur Premji, Sheila McDonald, Carol Zaychkowsky, Jennifer Zwicker
Publication Date: January 2019

DYK: Did you know that NOAHE currently has more than 90 members and over 200 subscribers?


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