HEDS is part of the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield. We undertake research, teaching, training and consultancy on all aspects of health related decision science, with a particular emphasis on health economics, HTA and evidence synthesis.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Public health is cost-effective

Well some of it.  A summary of the NICE Public Health Appraisal Programme has been published in the Journal of Public Health (Owen et al.  The cost-effectiveness of public health interventions.  Journal of Public Health, doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdr075).  Written by staff at the Centre for Public Health Excellence at NICE, the paper takes estimates from 21 NICE topic publications – many of which were produced by ScHARR’s Public Health Collaborating Centre.

From these publications,  200 base-case  ICERS were identified with 15% being dominant, 70.5% £1- £19,999 per QALY, 3.5% £20,000 to £29,999 per QALY, 5.5% > £30K per QALY and 5.5% dominated.

This shows the importance of cost-effectiveness analysis in public health and the value of further funding in this area.