Health Utilities for Economic Models Training Day, University of York

Cost-utility analysis is a requirement for NICE health technology appraisals and is being increasingly used in other contexts and countries. Health utilities, a crucial component of cost-utility analysis, capture the relative change in health-related quality of life resulting from a treatment. As such, health utility can be a key driver of the cost-effectiveness ratio. Obtaining health utility values that are suitable for your economic evaluation, however, may not always be straight forward.

This one-day training course complements the early economic modelling course, discussing issues around different approaches to obtaining utility values. It introduces each approach in turn, giving an overview of the implementation, strengths, and limitations of each, across different contexts.

Further topics discussed include examples of different approaches used in real-world NICE health technology assessments with comments from evidence review groups, and a look at the limitations of utilities and how alternative approaches might be used in the future.

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Course Details

Date: 03 July 2019.
Courses also run on-demand for large groups

Early bird price: £200+(£40 VAT).
There is a 10% discount applied when booking the Early Economic Modelling course together with this course.

Registration fee includes tea and coffee, lunch and course documentation.

The training day will be led by Dr Matthew Taylor (Director) and Dr Adam Smith (Associate).
This course will be held at the University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD or Heslington East Campus, YO19 5LA.

To book a place on this course, please use the course booking form. To book the Early Economic course and the Health Utilities course, please use this course booking form. For more details on this course please email or telephone +44 (0)1904 323204.

Please see the frequently asked questions page for more general course information.

Early economic modelling topics discussed:

      • Indirect methods and strategies for obtaining utilities;
      • Reviewing of published utilities;
      • Utility mapping from non-preference based tools;
      • Direct generation of utilities;
      • When not to generate utilities;
      • Utilities in context;
      • Limitations of utilities and future research.


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Who should attend?

The course would be of benefit to those working in the pharmaceutical or device manufacturing industries, particularly those in roles associated with clinical trial design, health economics and outcomes research, or market access. As such, it is run in conjunction with the ‘Early economic modelling to inform clinical trial design and other decisions’ course, but it can also be attended as a stand-alone course. It is suitable for individuals with little or no prior experience of health state utility values or patient-reported outcomes, as well as those with greater levels of experience in this area.

YHEC Training Expertise

YHEC offers a range of training courses in health economics topics including economic modelling, evidence retrieval and information skills

Our regular training programme offers courses in York in well-equipped rooms and computer classrooms.  All of our courses have limited delegate places available to ensure that sessions permit discussion and interaction within the group. We can also offer these courses and bespoke courses at your own site.

Other Health Economics Training at York

YHEC courses are generally introductory. Five-day expert workshops, distance learning and MSc courses in health economics are offered by health economists at the Centre for Health Economics and the Department of Economics and Related Studies at the University of York.

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