Learn how patient-reported outcome measures and quality-adjusted life-years can compare treatments and inform health spending.
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.
What topics will you cover?
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.
When would you like to start?
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What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:
- Discuss what health means and how to measure its impact on the 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.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone interested in how and why choices about drugs and treatments have been made.
It is ideal learning for anyone considering a career in healthcare, local decision-making or academia.
If you wish to take your learning further, the University of Sheffield’s other Master's degrees and short courses address areas such as health economics, public health and international healthcare technology assessment.
Who will you learn with?
I am a Health Economist at ScHARR at the University of Sheffield. My research interests are in measuring and valuing health-related quality of life and well-being.
I am a Health Economist working in ScHARR at The University of Sheffield. My research interest is measuring and valuing children's health-related quality of life.
Who developed the course?
The University of Sheffield
The University of Sheffield is one of the world’s top 100 universities with a reputation for teaching and research excellence.
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