The York Summer Workshops, run by the Centre for Health Economics (CHE), University of York, in the UK, are aimed at those involved in initiating, undertaking, managing or interpreting economic evaluations or quality of life assessments of medicines and other technologies within pharmaceutical and medical device companies, clinical and health services research, and health care decision-making. Decision-makers’ demands for information on the cost-effectiveness of health technologies have become more extensive and more sophisticated. At least seven European countries and several managed care groups in the USA now require formal submissions of economic data as part of the reimbursement process for medicines. Economic evaluation is also increasingly used internationally to support decisions in areas including public health and vaccines.
To keep pace with these constantly changing developments, the York Summer Workshops programme is updated frequently to ensure its continued competitive edge in delivering the most contemporary training to its participants.
Several years ago our Advanced Workshop was extended and structured according to the main steps necessary to generate estimates of cost-effectiveness for a specific decision-maker, such as a reimbursement agency or health care payer. The Advanced Workshop goes beyond the exposition of general principles and includes detailed discussion of the analytic approaches required to support decisions, using a mixture of presentations, tutored sessions and practical exercises.
Our Foundations Workshop was also extended from 3 to 5 days in response to participants’ requests for more case studies and exercises. In addition, the statistical issues are now discussed in more depth so that participants are better prepared for more advanced study.
And our Quality of Life Workshop was successfully revised and updated in 2014 into the 3-day Outcome Measurement and Valuation for Health Technology Assessment Workshop.