Skip to 0 minutes and 9 seconds The world has limited resources. It has unmet needs and healthcare is no different. There are millions of people around the world who require healthcare. There are many different treatments and interventions available, but there is only a limited amount of money.
Skip to 0 minutes and 28 seconds So what do we do? We have to make choices. We can’t fund all of them. I’m Dr. Clara Mukuria a Research Fellow in the Health Economics and Decision Science section at The University of Sheffield. On this course, we’ll take you on a journey to understand how we can measure and value health. By doing this we can compare the benefits of drugs and treatments in healthcare, to help us make these difficult choices. We’ll look at Patient Reported Outcome Measures, or PROMs, how to develop them and how they can be used in practice. We’ll learn about Quality Adjusted Life Years, or QALYs, which are used around the world by decision makers to compare the benefits of different treatment options.
Skip to 1 minute and 10 seconds We’ll look in detail at how they are calculated and how decision makers use the information. How can we compare the costs and benefits of treatments? How do we know which treatments give benefit? How do we measure this benefit? And importantly, how do we value this benefit? We will invite you to join us in debating some of the key issues. For example, should it be patients or the general population who value our health, or someone else? And should we value children’s health differently? We live in a world where new drugs and treatments are being rapidly developed. The population is increasing, with people living for longer and demand is soaring. And so these choices are increasingly necessary.
Skip to 1 minute and 56 seconds Through this course, we’ll help you understand why and how we need to measure and value health outcomes in order to make more informed decisions about how to spend our limited resources. Maybe you already use QALYs in your work, maybe you’re affected by the decisions that are made based on these, or maybe you would simply like to understand more about them. The knowledge that you gain from this course may inspire you to think about a career in health healthcare, local decision-making, academia, or it may give you the knowledge to understand how and why choices about drugs and treatments have been made. Or you may wish to study further with us, as this is only part of the story.
Skip to 2 minutes and 38 seconds So join us and find out how decision makers around the world are measuring and valuing your health.