Health economics is a branch of economics related to the value of healthcare provision, the effectiveness and efficiency of treatments, and behaviour in relation to the consumption of health and healthcare.
The Health and Care Economics Cymru Public Involvement and Engagement strategy has been embedded into the Health and Care Economics Cymru Action Plan, subject to monitoring and reporting, as a core work package.
Increasing public involvement in health and social care research from development of the research idea, to sharing the research findings, makes services more responsive to the individuals and communities who use them. Improved services can lead to improved health interventions which are also cost-effective e.g. patients concerns inventory may focus the clinical consultation for head and neck cancer, providing patients with the treatment options that they need to aid their recovery.
We have adopted the definition of ‘public involvement in research’ which sees research co-produced ‘with’ or ‘by’ the public, in contrast to research that is ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ the public without opportunities for contribution (Health Research Authority, 2020). This means we aim for patients and people with relevant experience to contribute to how our research is developed, designed, conducted and shared with others.
There will also be opportunities to take part in a study as a research participant.
If yes, please consider joining the Health and Care Economics Cymru Public Involvement and Engagement database of people who are interested in developing research projects. Information about involvement opportunities and details about current research projects are circulated to individuals in this group via emails and newsletters.
Being a member of the Health and Care Economics Cymru Public Involvement and Engagement database for Health and Care Economics Cymru means you can:
*If you also join the Health Care Research Wales Public Involvement Community: https://www.healthandcareresearch.gov.wales/involvement-form/