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Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis
Amiram Gafni

Amiram Gafni

Professor, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI)
Member, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis

T: (905) 525-9140, ext. 22681

McMaster University
CRL Building, Rm. 208
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON
L8S 4K1

Amiram Gafni is a professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI) and a member of CHEPA. He is also a research associate with the Research Institute for Quantitative Studies in Economics and Population, in the Faculty of Social Sciences at McMaster. He has more than 400 publications in peer-reviewed journals. In the 2011 World Bank rankings of health economics researchers (Journal of Health Economics, 2012, 31:406-439 (Table 5) he was ranked equal 35th in the world (equal 1st in Canada) based on the volume and impact of his publications. His research interests are in the area of economic evaluation of health care programs (both methods development and empirical applications), modeling of consumers' health-care behaviour, models of patient-physician decision-making (e.g., shared decision-making), policy analysis and risk and decision analysis in health.


  • economic evaluation (development and empirical applications)
  • modeling of consumers' and providers' behaviour (e.g., the physician-patient encounter)
  • health policy analysis


Prisman E, Gafni A, 
Finelli A. Testing the evolution process of prostate specific antigen in early stage prostate cancer: what is the proper underlying model? Statistics in Medicine. 2011. 30:3038-3049.

Gafni A, Walter SD, Birch S, Sendi P. An opportunity cost approach to sample size calculation in cost-effectiveness analysis. Health Economics. 2008. 17:99-107.

Charles C, Gafni A, Whelan T, O’Brien MA. Cultural Influences on the Physician-Patient Encounter: The Case of Shared Treatment Decision-Making. Patient Education and Counselling. 2006. 63:262-267.

Birch S, Gafni A. Information Created to Evade Reality (ICER): Things We Should Not Look To For Answers, Pharmacoeconomics. 2006. 24:1121-1131.

Gafni A , Birch S: Incremental Cost-Effectiveness Ratios (ICERs): The Silence of the Lamda, Social Science and Medicine. 2006. 62:2091-2100.

Whelan T, Levine MN, Willan A, Gafni A et al: Effect of Decision Aid on knowledge and treatment decision making for breast cancer surgery: a randomized trial. JAMA. 2004. 292:435-441.


  • Economic evaluation of health care programs
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