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  • Seminar will look at shifting views of public and patient involvement in Canadian drug assessment

    22 Jan 2019

    Katherine Boothe

    Research into shifting opinions about the legitimacy of scientific evidence and public participation when it comes to recommendations about what drugs the government should list for public drug coverage will be presented on Wednesday Feb. 27 by Katherine Boothe at CHEPA’s next seminar.

    Boothe is an associate professor in McMaster’s department of political science and a member of CHEPA.  In her seminar, entitled “Public and patient involvement in Canadian drug assessment: practitioner and participant views,” she will report on research in progress that investigates shifting ideas about legitimacy as they relate to scientific evidence and public participation in drug listing recommendations.

    It finds some important tensions between democratic conceptions of legitimacy that are linked to the inclusiveness of the policy process and which drive public and patient involvement, and moral-scientific conceptions of legitimacy that are linked to objectivity and specific norms of scientific evidence.

    The seminar will be held on Wednesday Feb 27 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in CRL-B119. All are welcome to attend.

    It will also be available remotely online through WebEx. To join, please copy and paste the link below into your browser. The password is: CHEPAseminar

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  • How much are parents willing to pay to reduce their child’s asthma symptoms?

    08 Jan 2019

    Irene MussioAt CHEPA's first seminar of the new year, Dr. Irene Mussio, a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Economics at McMaster and the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA), will present the results of a study that estimates parents' willingness to pay (WTP) for measures leading to a reduction in their child’s asthma symptoms.

    Mussio’s research interests lie in the intersection between health economics and experimental and behavioural economics. For this study, she used a model that combines revealed preference, contingent valuation, and beliefs.

    She says the results show that beliefs about asthma drive both household behaviours and valuation decisions.

    The seminar will be held on Wednesday Jan. 16 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in CRL-B119. All are welcome to attend.

    It will also be available remotely online through WebEx. To join, please copy and paste the link below into your browser. The password is: CHEPAseminar

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  • Issues in childhood obesity topic of CHEPA seminar

    11 Dec 2018

    Laura N. AndersonDr. Laura N. Anderson, PhD, will present CHEPA’s final seminar of 2018 on Wednesday Dec. 19, when she will talk about “Issues in childhood obesity: From measurement to evaluation of a population health intervention.”

    In her presentation she will:
    1. Evaluate the measurement of cardiometabolic risk and obesity subtypes in early childhood, and
    2. Describe the proposed analysis of a provincial population health intervention.

    The seminar will be held on Wednesday Dec. 19 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in CRL-B119. All are welcome to attend.

    It will also be available online through WebEx. To join, copy and paste the link below into your browser. The password is: CHEPAseminar


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

    16 Nov 2018

    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.

    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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  • Seminar to look at developing a values-based framework for decision-making in health technology assessment

    06 Nov 2018

    Dr. Murray Krahn

    Dr. Murray Krahn,  the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Health Technology Assessment and the Director of the Toronto Health Technology Assessment Collaborative, will present CHEPA’s next seminar on Wednesday, Nov. 14.  Please note the change of date from the original schedule.

    Dr. Krahn will present a seminar entitled “Developing a values-based Framework for Decision Making in Health (Technology Assessment)”,  which will draw on a research paper that several CHEPA and HEI members also contributed to. The paper is titled “Development of the Ontario decision framework: A values based framework for health technology assessment” and it can be found by clicking here

    While the Ontario Decision Framework is similar in some respects to frameworks used in HTA worldwide, it has some distinctive characteristics:

    • it is based on an explicit set of social values;
    • HTA paradigms (evidence-based medicine, economics and bioethics/social science) are used to aggregate decision attributes, and
    • it is rooted in a theoretical framework of optimal decision-making, rather than one related to broad social goals, such as health or welfare maximization

    Dr. Krahn will discuss the development of the framework and its implications for HTA.

    The seminar will be held on Wednesday November 14, 2018 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm in CRL-B119. All are welcome to attend.

    If you are unable to attend in person, you are welcome to participate remotely online, using WebEx. To join the seminar online, copy and paste this link into your browser:

    The password is CHEPAseminar.

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  • Post-doctoral fellow will study flu vaccine incentives

    01 Nov 2018

    CHEPA offers a belated welcome to Dr. Irene Mussio, who began a two-year post-doctoral fellowship under the supervision of Dr. Jeremiah Hurley in September at McMaster’s Department of Economics, and the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA).

    Mussio, an experimentalist whose research focuses on behavioural economics with applications to health contexts, holds a PhD from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. She is also a member of the McMaster Decision Science Lab (McDSL) and a degree 2 researcher at the Departamento de Economia at the Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la Republica.

    Her previous research included a field experiment that examined an intervention designed to increase the uptake of flu shots among university students. As a MIRA fellow at McMaster, she will extend that work to seniors. In particular, she will try to understand the way that information flows through small-sized networks contribute to vaccination decisions, and to change the misinformation about flu vaccines.

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  • CIHR 2018 post-doctoral fellowships awarded to 2 researchers with links to CHEPA

    23 Oct 2018

    Dr. Iwona Bielska, supervised by Kelly Cimek of the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and CHEPA’s Dr. Jean-Éric Tarridehas been awarded $155,000, including a contribution from the LHIN, over two years for her project entitled “Evidence-based strategic directions to reduce emergency department patient wait times within the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (HNHB LHIN).”  For more information about Bielska's research project, click here.

    Dr. Matt Leyenaar , who is supervised by Dr. William Krizmanich and Dr. Andrew Costahas been awarded $35,000 over one year for his research project “Common assessments for repeated paramedic encounters: Evaluating care planning in community paramedicine.” For more information about Leyenaar's research project, click here.
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  • Home care policies and practices the topic of CHEPA's next seminar

    10 Oct 2018

    Photo of Andrew CostaHome Care: Policy and Practice in a Changing Health System” is the topic of CHEPA’s next seminar, which will be presented on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 by Dr. Andrew Costa, Assistant Professor and Schlegel Chair in Clinical Epidemiology & Aging at McMaster’s Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI).

    This presentation will provide an overview of the changing polices and practices in home care, focusing on Ontario, and describe epidemiological research in home care that demonstrate capacity challenges, particularly for chronic disease management. Costa will also guess at what the future holds, if only to stimulate debate and discussion.

    The seminar will take place on Wednesday, October 17, from 12:30 to1:30 p.m. in CRL-B119. All are welcome to attend.

    If you are unable to attend in person you are welcome to participate remotely online, using WebEx. To join the seminar online, copy and paste the link below into your browser. The password is CHEPAseminar.

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  • Geneva conference on healthcare in humanitarian crises led by HHE

    01 Oct 2018

    Elysee Nouvet presents research

    Lisa Schwartz, the Arnold L. Johnson Chair in Healthcare Ethics, and a team from CHEPA who are members of the Humanitarian Health Ethics (HHE) research group, shared knowledge drawn from two major studies:  “Aid when there is nothing left to offer.” A study of ethics & palliative care during international humanitarian action,” and “Perceptions of research during the 2014-15 Ebola (EVD) Outbreak” and also conducted interactive workshops with front-line aid workers and representatives of global aid organizations on September 26 and 27 at a conference in Geneva, Switzerland, that addressed the ethics of conducting healthcare research during humanitarian crises. 

    The conference was co-sponsored by HHE research group and the Geneva Centre for education and research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH).

    Photo courtesy of HHE

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  • 27th Labelle Lecture will describe lessons learned from primary care changes in BC

    24 Sep 2018

    Prof Ruth Lavergne

    Dr. Ruth Lavergne will describe the consequences of efforts in British Columbia to change primary care models when she presents the 27th annual Labelle Lecture on Wednesday Oct. 3, 2018 at 3 pm in the Michael DeGroote Centre for Learning – (MDCL 3020).

    Dr. Lavergne, an Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, will lecture on the topic “Primary care, secondary data: Learning from policy change in British Columbia” which will provide an overview of research examining primary care policy changes in British Columbia and consider lessons for other jurisdictions.

    The discussant for this year’s Lecture is Dr. Erin Strumpf, Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University.

    The annual Labelle Lecture was created 27 years ago to honour Roberta Labelle, who was one of the founding members of CHEPA. Her death in 1991 was unexpected, and occurred when broad recognition for her research in health economics was just starting to emerge.

    The lecture will also be streamed live. To watch remotely, please copy and past this link into your browser and follow the instructions: 

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  • The relationship between indebtedness and health inequality in Europe the topic of CHEPA’s next seminar

    10 Sep 2018

    Prof Margherita Giannoni

    Visiting professor Margherita Giannoni, an Associate Professor at the Università di Perugia (Italy), will present CHEPA’s first seminar of the new academic year on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

    Dr. Giannoni’s presentation, entitled “Financial problems and health inequalities in Europe: how does Italy compare?”  looks at the role that people’s financial difficulties have on the determinants of self-reported health in Italy as compared with selected other European countries.

    Dr. Giannoni is an Associate Professor at the Università di Perugia (Italy), specializing in health economics and healthcare policy. Her main research focus is on equity in health and healthcare and on measuring the health inequalities of migrants and other vulnerable groups.

    The seminar will be held on Wednesday September 19 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in CRL-B119. All are welcome to attend.

    If you are unable to attend in person you are welcome to participate remotely online, using WebEx. To join the seminar online, copy and paste this link into your browser:

    The password is CHEPAseminar

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  • CHEPA Seminar Series resumes on September 19

    14 Aug 2018

    CHEPA's seminar series will resume on September 19, when Margherita Giannoni, a Visiting Professor from the Department of Economics at the University of Perugia, Italy, will discuss the results of ongoing research  on Financial problems and health inequalities Europe: how does Italy compare?
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  • Health Economics Fellowship offered by Canadian Partnership Against Cancer

    31 May 2018

    The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is accepting applications for a paid, 12-month Health Economics Fellowship.

    Candidates should have a Master’s degree underway or recently completed in economics/health economics, epidemiology, health services research, or a related discipline. The Fellow will conduct economic analyses and modelling to inform effective, efficient and sustainable cancer control in Canada.

    The deadline to apply is June 29. For more information, click here.
    Logo for Canadian Partnership Against Cancer

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  • Nominate a promising researcher to give the 2018 Labelle Lecture

    20 Apr 2018

    The Labelle Lectureship Committee is seeking nominations for a promising junior health services researcher — a rising star in the field — to be this year's Labelle Lecturer

    The Labelle Lectureship Series, which marks its 27th anniversary in 2018, is held each October to honour Roberta Labelle, one of CHEPA’s founding members. Her death in 1991 was unexpected and occurred when broad recognition for her research in health economics was just starting to emerge. CHEPA and what is now the Department of Health Research, Methods, Evidence and Impact (HEI), collaborated on establishing the annual lectureship in her memory.

    The Labelle Lecturer can be from any country (including Canada). The ideal candidate has the following characteristics:

    1. Is early in his/her career development (assistant or early associate level), and shows tremendous promise based on early research accomplishments.

    2. Is conducting research on a topic that challenges existing methods or accepted ideas in health research.

    3. Is capable of delivering a high-quality lecture that will be of interest to a multi-disciplinary audience of health researchers and decision-makers.

    4. Can spend one to two days at McMaster University to: 

    • present a one-hour lecture (followed by a reception) based on his/her research.
    • meet with interested faculty, staff and students for a half-day.
    • attend a Labelle dinner with individuals from within and outside McMaster University.

    Please submit nominations by May 15, 2018, to Emmanuel Guindon, Chair of the Labelle Lectureship Committee, by emailing and include the following information regarding the nominee: 

    • Full name, current position, link to their faculty page, and, when possible, an updated CV.

    • A brief paragraph describing the topic on which you believe the nominated individual could present the Labelle Lecture.

    This Call for Nominations will close on May 15, 2018. For more information, contact Emmanuel Guindon.

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  • Multidisciplinary CHEPA-led team awarded CIHR grant for economic forecasting

    06 Mar 2018

    CHEPA is proud to announce that it has been awarded a one-year $265,000 Operating Grant for economic forecasting for its research project, Investing in primary and secondary prevention: Economic forecasting to inform policies regarding amortization of program costs, by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The funding is part of a joint initiative of the CIHR and the J.W. McConnell Foundation that will see CIHR contribute $175,000 and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation contribute $90,000.

    Jeremiah HurleyThe research will be co-led by Jeremiah Hurley, left, Dean of McMaster University’s Faculty of Social Sciences and a member of CHEPA, and CHEPA Jean-Eric Tarride Director Jean-Eric Tarride, right.  It involves a large multi-disciplinary team of experts from academia and government that includes eight other CHEPA members – Laura AndersonDavid FeenyMichel GrignonEmmanuel GuindonChristopher LongoGillian MulvaleDaria O’Reilly and Arthur Sweetman

    The work has two goals:
    1. To develop a framework that lays an analytic foundation to support implementation of cost amortization in prevention and early intervention; and
    2. To conduct four economic forecasting simulations that illustrate the analytic framework in action in the areas identified by CIHR in the call for proposals.

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  • Glasgow economist to present research on the development of strategic sophistication in children

    06 Mar 2018

    Research into how cognitive skills and age work together to determine the strategic sophistication of children in a variety of strategic interactions will be presented on March 21 at a CHEPA seminar entitled Cognitive Skills and the Development of Strategic Sophistication by Dr. Eduardo Fé of Strathclyde University in Glasgow.

    Prof Fé, whose research contributes to the understanding of the relationship between human capital and economic decision-making during childhood and old age, found that better theory-of-mind and cognitive ability predict strategic sophistication in competitive games. Furthermore, age and cognitive ability act in tandem as complements, while age and theory-of-mind operate independently. To read his research paper, click here.

    The seminar will take place on Wednesday March 21, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in CRL-B119. All are welcome to attend. If you are unable to attend in person you are welcome to participate remotely online, using WebEx. To join the seminar online, click here. The password is CHEPAseminar

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  • Forum, CHEPA awarded $2 million in HSRF research funding

    05 Mar 2018

    The McMaster Health Forum and CHEPA are proud to announce that they will continue co-hosting a program – Harnessing Evidence and Values for Health-System Excellence – that has been newly awarded more than $2 million in funding from Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) through their Health System Research Fund (HSRF) Program Awards.

    The program brings together the expertise of the McMaster Health Forum and CHEPA and will be co-led by John Lavis, the Forum’s director (and a member of CHEPA), and Julia Abelson from CHEPA (and an adjunct faculty member of the Forum).

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  • Dr. Mitchell Levine named Chair of PMPRB

    26 Feb 2018

    Dr. Mitchell LevineCongratulations to CHEPA member Dr. Mitchell Levine on his recent appointment as Chair of Canada’s Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB).  Dr. Levine has served as a member and Vice-Chair of the Board since 2011.

    Dr. Levine is a professor in McMaster’s departments of Medicine and Health Evidence and Impact (HEI) and is the Director of the Centre for Evaluation of Medicines at St. Joseph's Healthcare.

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  • New faces at CHEPA

    21 Feb 2018

    There are new faces at CHEPA, which welcomes two new faculty members and two new post-doctoral students.
    Dr. Mitchell Levine

    Joining CHEPA’s faculty are, at right,  Laura AndersonLaura N. Anderson, PhD, and Dr. Mitchell A. H. Levine, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FISPE, FACP.

    The post-doctoral students are Connie Schumacher, PhD, RN, who is working under the supervision of Andrew Costa, and Dr. Marian Braga, DDS, PhD, a visiting research post-doc fellow from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, who is supervised by Stephen Birch and Amiram Gafni.
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  • Charles Manski workshop: Techniques to Inform Development of Clinical Guidelines and Treatment Choice

    15 Feb 2018

    This two-Day workshop by Professor Charles Manski focuses on cutting-edge statistical approaches that can be used to enhance the development of clinical guidelines and in informing treatment choice. 

    This workshop, geared to PhDs, post-doctoral fellows, researchers, clinicians, health economists, statisticians, and others interested in statistical methods in healthcare, is being held on April 11 (10am to 5pm, followed by an optional dinner) and April 12 (10am to 3pm), 2018 at McMaster Innovation Park, Hamilton, Ontario. To view the schedule, click here. To view his presentation slides, click here.

    Dr. Charles Manski

    Prof. Charles Manski pioneered advances in partial identification across many policy applications. He is a superb speaker who can make technical information accessible to broad audiences. His recent work addresses opportunities to build further robustness and rigour into clinical decision-making in relation to patient care under uncertainty with applications to clinical guideline development, prognosis and treatment.

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