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Scotland's new heart disease prevention policy model topic of special seminar

04 Jun 2013

Scotland’s new heart disease prevention policy model topic of CHEPA seminar

While there is global interest in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, limited resources make it important to assess the cost effectiveness of policy initiatives to prioritize interventions and patients.

Kenny Lawson, a lecturer on health economics at the University of Glasgow, will describe the recently-developed Scottish CVD (cardiovascular disease) Policy Model at special CHEPA seminar on Friday June 7. The model was built using patient level data with lifetime follow-up, has been validated and is now being used by policymakers. The model enables an assessment of the impact of interventions on (morbidity-adjusted) life expectancy, lifetime hospitalization costs and health inequalities.

In a lecture titled The Scottish CVD Policy Model: rapid evaluation of policy initiatives, and assessing the impacts on health inequalities, Lawson will describe how, in application, the model can be used consistently as both a “policy planning tool” to evaluate targeted and population-wide approaches to primary prevention, and also as a “clinical tool” to prioritize patients for treatment.  The policy model could have significant implications for improving population health and reducing health inequalities.

Lawson is a PhD candidate in Health Economics at the University of Glasgow, and will this month defend his thesis on the economic evaluation of primary CVD interventions. He is a Research Fellow with the Institute for Health & Well Being, funded by both the University of Glasgow and the Medical Research Council. His main research focus is concerned with methodological development in the economic evaluation of public health interventions. Key projects areas include the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease, housing and urban regeneration, and obesity. He also holds a MSc in health economics from the University of York, England.

The seminar will be held on Friday June 7 in CRLB 119 from 2 to 3 p.m. All are welcome to attend. The seminar will be available remotely for those who are unable to attend.

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