Methodological Hub

Key contact: Professor Dyfrig Hughes, CHEME, Bangor University, email d.a.hughes@bangor.ac.uk

The Health and Care Economics Cymru Methodological Hub aims to provide an environment to develop and apply cutting-edge methods of health economic evaluation and associated analyses. The purpose of the Hub is to improve the validity and relevance of the healthcare evidence-base in order to make better decisions on the use of resources. 

The all-Wales Hub will challenge current approaches, develop new methodologies, and promote good practice by: 

  • Co-producing joint projects and papers with our stakeholders 
  • Ensuring that our findings are used to inform the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of future economic studies 
  • Working in partnership with others to maximise potential gains – such as the Medical Research Council (MRC), National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Health and Care Research Wales funded Trials Methodological Research Partnership 

Example areas of methodological development include: 

  • Development of the UK tariff scores for the EQ-5D-5L 
  • Development of a Patient and Citizen based value framework 
  • Health and social care values and applied methods (e.g. Social Return on Investment, SROI) 
  • Prioritisation, resource allocation and programme budgeting and marginal analysis (PBMA) 
  • Accounting for missing data in trial-based economic evaluations