Economic analysis of health care interventions
Learning outcomes of the course unit
At the end of the training activity, the student should have acquired knowledge and skills regarding the Economic Analysis of Health Care Activities in the following terms:
• Acquire the ability to apply the main methods for the economic evaluation of the health care programmes.
• Know and understand the health costs.
• Know how to evaluate the clinical development of the new drugs and new technologies.
• Identify and analyse critically the evidence in literature.
Course contents summary
Acquisition of the basic elements of health economics and economic analysis methods in health care. Acquisition of the knowledge of health economic methods: cost-effectiveness, cost-utility analysis and cost minimization techniques. Principles and concepts of outcome research, epidemiology and cost in health care. Concepts about development and price of medicines and health technologies.
• Evolution of health-care expenditure and future prospects.
• The health-care system.
• Pharmaceutical market and regulatory policy.
• Health economics principles.
• Health-care costs.
• Main analysis techniques: cost minimization analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-benefit analysis.
• The concept of DDD (Defined Daily Dose).
• Drug epidemiology.
• Interventional and observational clinical studies and the importance of the economic data.
• The research and the critical evaluation of the evidence in literature.
• The ICER.
• The concept of QALY (Quality-Adjusted Life Year).
• Clinical research and new drug/ new technologies development.
Drummond, O'Brien, Stoddart, Torrance. Methods for the Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programmes
Teaching is based on frontal oral lessons and lessons conducted in streaming. The slides, used to support the study on the recommended textbook, will be loaded weekly on the Elly platform.
Continuing the COVID-19 pandemic, the frontal lessons in the presence will be made available also remotely in synchronous-streaming (in compliance with the class schedule) through the MS Teams application.
Assessment methods and criteria
The assessment of the achievement of the objectives set by the course through evaluation of the learning will be performed with a written test structured in: - ten multiple response closed questions (3/30 score for each correct answer); Penalty of -1/30 is provided for each incorrect answer . The duration of the written test (joined with the test of “Pharmacovigilance”) will be 1 hour and the test will be evaluated on a scale of 0-30.
With the persistence of the pandemic COVID-19, if it is not possible to carry out the examinations of profit in presence, the tests will be carried out at a distance through the sharing of examination questionnaires on the MS Teams platform by the examiner in accordance with the procedures described in the specific guide (http://selma.unipr.it).
Exam results are published on the Esse3 portal within 3 days of the exam date. Students can view the exam, after appointment with the teacher.