are also included – an economic evaluation is one of the aims. Health Economics and Decision Science (HEDS) will collaborate with STH to deliver this evaluation.
Three years of falls data will be collected from routine sources – one year prior to the development of the new service (Y1) and two years during the development of the new service (Y2-3). Differences in falls between Y1 and Y2-3 will be the focus of the analysis, however, a contemporaneous control group will also be sought so that other temporal changes in fall epidemiology can be considered. Costs associated with falls will include emergency department attendances, hospitalisations and long-term care home costs. Outcomes will include mortality and quality of life. The cost and outcome data will be brought together in a decision analytic model that has already been developed by HEDS in a previous evaluation of falls (Latimer et al 2013). This will allow the estimation of an incremental cost per quality adjusted life year (QALY) for the service redesign.