Institute of Health & Society

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Health Economics and Evidence Synthesis

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Improving the allocation of resources, tackling inequalities, and developing better ways to measure the benefits of health and social care

The Health Economics and Evidence Synthesis groups are committed to providing high quality evidence to inform health and social care decision making, and delivering world-class translational research across the full breadth of health-related and social care themes.

They conduct research in the following areas:

  • valuing benefits/quantifying preferences in for health and health care
  • development and application of economic evaluation
  • priority setting in health care
  • econometric applications in studies of health, (with a focus on income and health inequalities)
  • information science: design and execution of robust literature searches to identify relevant studies,
  • reviews of existing evidence: systematic, rapid, quantitative, qualitative, economic, mixed (quantitative, qualitative & economic), outcomes/stakeholder opinions/methods
  • statistical methods of pooling data: meta-analysis, network meta-analysis, individual patient data meta-analysis
  • development and application of economic modelling: cohort/patient-level models; tree/state-transition/discrete event/mixed models
  • application of value of information analysis to support future funding decisions

The Health Economics and Evidence Synthesis groups collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders and academics.

The Health Economics Group works closely with the Economics of Safety, Health, Environment and Risk (ESHER) group in Newcastle University Business School.

If your research team is interested in pursuing collaboration with the group, please see our Criteria for Collaborative Research.

Prof Vale and Prof Craig contribute to methods groups in The Cochrane Collaboration and The Campbell Collaboration. Prof Vale is Co-ordinating Editor in the Cochrane Incontinence Group

Health Economics

We aim to produce world-leading research in health economics by improving the allocation of scarce health and social care resources, developing and applying methods for economic evaluation, tackling inequalities in access to care and health and developing and applying better methods to measure the benefits of health and social care.

This is achieved through research in three cross-cutting areas.

More information about our work can be found at the Health Economics Group

Evidence Synthesis

The multidisciplinary Evidence Synthesis team takes evidence synthesis in its broadest sense. It is committed to providing high quality evidence to inform health and social care decision making, and delivering world class translational research across the full breadth of health-related and social care themes.

We conduct applied and methodological research on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions, the facilitators and barriers to the implementation of the interventions, and the key areas of decision uncertainty and the value of further research.

Our research interests include

  • Information science: design and execution of robust literature searches to identify relevant studies; information management including documentation of the flow of studies through a review; robust documentation of search processes; and new methods such as text mining to aid searching for and screening studies
  • Reviews: systematic; rapid, quantitative; qualitative; economic; mixed (quantitative, qualitative & economic); and outcomes/stakeholder opinions/methods
  • Meta-analysis, network meta-analysis, and individual patient data meta-analysis
  • Economic modelling: cohort/patient-level models; tree/state-transition/discrete event/mixed models
  • Value of information analysis
  • Knowledge translation

As one of several cross-cutting methodological groups in the Institute of Health & Society we work with colleagues across the Institute, the Faculty of Medicine Sciences and NHS Trusts. We also collaborate with other research institutes in academia and in industry.

If you wish to collaborate with us, please contact Jan Legge

Publications

The Health Economics and Evidence Synthesis team regularly contribute to new publications.

See publications from the theme below.

Projects

The Health Economics and Evidence Synthesis team are continually working on a dynamic and diverse range of projects.

You can find out more about some of our ongoing and completed projects below.

CPD

We contribute to degrees across the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

We lead on a number of modules across a number of postgraduate degrees offered by the Faculty of Medical Sciences, including in the Public Health and Health Services Research MSc, PGDip, PGCert and the Oncology and Palliative Care MSc studies.

More information can be found below.

People

Dr Viviana Albani
Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 7908

Fiona Beyer
Research Associate

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Dr Nawaraj Bhattarai
Research Associate

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Dr Matthew Breckons
Research Associate

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Dr Heather Brown
Senior Lecturer

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Andrew Bryant
Research Associate

Dr Diarmuid Coughlan
Research Associate

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Telephone: 0191 208 4566

Dawn Craig
Prof of Practice in Evidence Synthesis

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3800

Lindsey Elstub
Managing Editor, Cochrane Incontinence Group

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7027

Dr Cristina Fernandez-Garcia
Health Economist & Bioethicist

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Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 8674

Sarah Hill
Postgraduate Research Student

Tara Homer
Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8457

Eugenie Johnson
Editorial Assistant, Cochrane Incontinence Group

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8492

Dr Ashleigh Kernohan
Research Associate

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Telephone: 0191 208 8487

Vasileios Kontogiannis
Research Assistant

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Patience Kunonga
Research Assistant (Evidence Synthesis)

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6260

Janice Legge
Research Administrator

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6780

David Madge
Research Coordinator

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Dr Gregory Maniatopoulos
Senior Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3936

Dr Chris Marshall
Research Associate

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Andrew McCarthy
Senior Research Assistant, Northumbria University

Peter McMeekin
Reader/Associate Professor, Northumbria University

Eoin Moloney
Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7359

Dr Dapo Ogunbayo
Research Associate

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Dr Elena Olariu
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Int Fellow

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Dr Yemi Oluboyede
Senior Lecturer

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7349

Stephen Rice
Senior Research Associate

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Catherine Richmond
Research Assistant

Tomos Robinson
Research Associate (Health Economics)

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7906

Dr Hosein Shabaninejad
Research Associate

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Dr Jing Shen
Senior Lecturer in Health Economics

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7905

Pauline Sobiesuo
Researh Assistant (Health Economics)

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Madeleine Still
Research Assistant

Dr Louise Tanner
Research Associate (Evidence Synthesis)

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5439

Dr Laura Ternent
Senior Lecturer

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Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 7083

Dimitrios Tzelis
Research Assistant

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5307

Professor Luke Vale
Professor of Health Economics

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5590

Ben Walker
Research Assistant

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7414

Sheila Wallace
Research Fellow

Dor Wilson
Research Associate