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Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis

Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis


CHEPA researchers have helped shape Canada’s health system for more than a quarter-century. They continue that tradition today, investigating pressing issues such as the relationship between doctors’ pay and health system costs; ethical concerns related to who gets what care and who has a say in it, and whether evidence supports the health decisions being made.

The centre was founded in 1988 by a group of health economics and health policy analysis pioneers -  Greg Stoddart, Jonathan Lomas, Roberta Labelle, David FeenyGeorge Torrance and Amiram Gafni - to be a multidisciplinary centre with research, teaching and service activities that provide timely and relevant evidence to inform policy-making at all levels of the health-care system.

It continues this tradition today, working at the intersection of the health and social sciences, evaluating how Ontario’s health system is performing and supporting the development of policies to enhance the system’s effectiveness and sustainability. Evidence about what works and what could be improved derives from the study of how well policies achieve their objectives and the consideration of values such as fairness and patient-centredness.

Using the tools of economics, sociology, political science and ethics, CHEPA researchers address issues such as:

  • Explaining and measuring the factors that cause social inequalities in health.
  • Finding the best ways to pay health-care providers and manage human resources to achieve higher quality and better outcomes for the money spent.
  • Researching the best methods for assessing new health technologies and treatments, as well as the social implications of these methods.
  • Assessing the roles of values and ethical considerations in health policy.
  • Using public and community engagement to learn about the health system.
  • Finding ways to support evidence-informed policymaking.

CHEPA’s knowledge exchange program, which uses multiple strategies for communicating and sharing information, ensures the knowledge generated through the work of its members is effectively communicated to health system decision-makers and other stakeholders. Collaboration with those who use the research ensures that CHEPA’s work meets the specific needs of these individuals and groups. Complementary initiatives, such as a rapid-response evidence service and training, enables health system leaders to identify and act on evidence and values in a timely way.

  • CHEPA’s director named the inaugural McMaster Chair in Health Technology Management

    Jean-Éric Tarride

    Congratulations to CHEPA director Jean-Éric Tarride, who has been named the inaugural McMaster Chair in Health Technology Management.

    His five-year appointment was effective on July 1, 2018.

    The new research chair was created as McMaster University looks to cement its place as a leader in health technology management.

    As chair, he is responsible for helping lead the establishment of a world-class program in health technology management; contributing to the body of scholarship in the field through teaching or research; and participating in the education programs of the school of medicine.

    Jean-Éric says one of his priorities is to build partnerships inside and outside of McMaster to foster further collaboration among such partners as academics, physicians, industry, patient groups, regulatory and reimbursement authorities, payers and decision-makers.  “We tend to work in silos, and there is significant value to bringing everyone together.”

    Paul O’Byrne, dean and vice-president of McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences, said health technology management is an area of strength in the Faculty which will be strengthened through the new position.

    “Dr. Tarride is an experienced leader and researcher who will establish a tradition of excellence as chair,” he said.

    Holger Schünemann, chair of the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, (HEI) added: “We are pleased that this chair has been established in HEI to support our strong work and history in health technology assessment and that Dr. Tarride has been selected for this role.”

    Jean-Éric is an associate professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI); the director of the Programs for Assessment of Technology in Health (PATH) at The Research Institute at St. Joe’s Hamilton, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, and an associate member of the Department of Economics at McMaster. He is also the health technology assessment field leader within the Health Research Methodology (HRM) graduate program.  He has been the director of CHEPA since May 1, 2017.

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To read the Fall 2018 edition of the CHEPA newsletter, click here.

CHEPA Seminar Series

CHEPA sponsors a regular series of seminars during the academic year presented by invited speakers. For a schedule of future CHEPA seminars, click here.

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