Abstract: This paper considers how to involve patients and members of the public in health economics research. Health economists often carry out research into the value for money (sometimes called 'cost effectiveness') of new ways of treating people. This can help in decisions about which treatments are publically funded. In an economic evaluation, the economist identifies and values the key things used to treat someone who is unwell. They also have to measure how unwell that person is and whether their health changes with treatment. They do this by asking them questions about how they rate specific aspects of their health. Economists compare costs and health outcomes of different treatments. Patient and public involvement in health research is really important because the public fund health systems (through taxation in the UK) and benefit from healthcare. This paper shares ideas on, and experiences of, involving the public in health economic research studies. All the examples come from the involvement of children and/or parents, but would also apply to adults.
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Categories: health Designing research impact on research nature and extent of public involvement in research impact of public involvement journal article
Date Entered: 2019/12/02
Date Edited: 2019/12/02