Skip to 0 minutes and 14 seconds The world has limited resources. It has unmet needs and healthcare is no different.
Skip to 0 minutes and 22 seconds There are millions of people around the world who require healthcare, and there are many different treatments and interventions available, but there is only a limited amount of money.
Skip to 0 minutes and 32 seconds So what do we do? We have to make choices. We cannot fund all of them. I’m Dr Katherine Stevens, a senior research fellow in the Health Economics and Decision Science section at The University of Sheffield. On this course, we will 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.
Skip to 0 minutes and 57 seconds We will look at Patient Reported Outcome Measures, or PROMs, how to develop them and how they can be used in practice. We will 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. We look in detail at how they’re calculated, and how decision makers use the information.
Skip to 1 minute and 18 seconds 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?
Skip to 1 minute and 29 seconds 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 54 seconds Through this course, we 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 precious limited resources.
Skip to 2 minutes and 7 seconds Maybe you already use QALYs in your work. Maybe you are affected by the decisions that are made based on these. Or maybe you would like to simply understand more about them. The knowledge that you gain from this course may inspire you to think about a career in healthcare, local decision making, academia, or it may simply 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. So join us and find out how decision makers around the world are measuring and valuing your health.