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Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis

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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.

  • Labelle Lecture examines the link between the caste system, infant mortality and unfulfilled economic potential in India

    Dean SpearsDean Spears, co-founder and executive director of r.i.c.e., a non-profit organization focused on research and policy advocacy for early-life health in rural India, will present the annual Labelle Lecture on Weds. Sept. 13 from 3 p.mto 4:40 p.m. in the Michael DeGroote Centre for Learning, MDCL 3020.

    In his lecture, Where India goes: Abandoned toilets, stunted development, and the costs of caste, Spears will address the health and economic development impact of the continuing practice in India of open defecation, which he says is an enduring consequence of the caste system.

    He notes that latrine and toilet adoption in India has been very slow, and that open defecation remains common.  Spears says this is one reason why infants there are more likely to die than in neighbouring  poorer countries such as Bangladesh and Nepal, and are more likely to be stunted than children in sub-Saharan Africa. And when children cannot develop to their potential, economic development is also stunted.

    The lecture calls for annihilation of caste and a questioning of assumptions about the chain linking development policy to changes in rural India's villages.

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  • Abelson receives the 2017 Egon Jonsson Award

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    Julia Abelson was awarded the 2017 Egon Jonsson Award at a ceremony in Rome on June 21 in recognition of excellence in contributions made to the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care.

    The award, for the paper Public and Patient Involvement in Health Technology Assessment: A Framework For Actionalso recognizes the contributions of co-authors and CHEPA faculty members Mita Giacomini and John N. Lavis, as well as François-Pierre Gauvin of the McMaster Health Forum and former CHEPA post-doctoral fellow Deirdre DeJean, and researchers and collaborators from other institutions across Ontario.

    The paper describes the development and outputs of a comprehensive framework for involving the public and patients in the work of the Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee (OHTAC) at Health Quality Ontario.

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  • Guindon earns Early Researcher Award

    Photo of GuindonCHEPA faculty member Emmanuel Guindon has received an Early Researcher Award from the Province of Ontario for his research project entitled Fiscal policy and population health: the case of tobacco control.

    Guindon, a member of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA), who holds the CHEPA/Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Chair in Health Equity and is an assistant professor in McMaster’s department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI), has published extensively on the relationship between prices, taxes and tobacco use.

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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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