Measuring the impact of research: how can we show return on investments in health research? (Part II) April 2009

Posted on May 1, 2009. Filed under: Health Economics, Research | Tags: , , |

Measuring the impact of research: how can we show return on investments in health research? (Part II)

Canadian Health Services Research Foundation   April 2009
A Knowledge Summary in Insight and Action (a monthly digest that shares knowledge about knowledge exchange)  Issue 52, April 2009

“Establishing a strong research base to support healthcare decisions has become the cornerstone of delivering optimal care.   But conducting this research is costly, which is why there are intense pressures – particularly on research funders – to justify their spending by showing clear reputational, economic and societal return on investments, which go beyond a simple bibliometric measurement of research outputs. To help, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) – this country’s equivalent to the Institute of Medicine in the United States and the Academy of Medical Sciences in the United Kingdom – has released its highly anticipated framework for measuring the return on investments in health research and health research funding.” … continues on the website

References  quoted at the end of the paper:

i. Brutscher P-B, Wooding S, & Grant J. 2008. “Health research evaluationFrameworks: An international comparison.” Prepared for the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and as part of RAND Europe’s Health Research System Observatory series.

ii. Panel on Return on Investment in Health Research. 2009. “Making an impact: A preferred framework and indicators to measure returns on investment in health research.” Canadian Academy of Health Sciences: Ottawa, ON.

iii. Frank C & Nason E. 2009. “Health research: Measuring the social, health and economic benefits.” Canadian Medical Association Journal; 180(5): online 1-7.

iv. Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. 2008. “Measuring the impact of research: What do we know? (Part I)” Insight and Action, Issue 46.

v. Lewis S, Martens PJ, & Barre L. 2008. “Estimating the return on investment from health services research: A theoretical and empirical analysis.” Prepared for the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Appendix: 21-42.

vi. Wooding S. 2007. “Setting the historical context for Project Retrosight: Initial draft.” Working paper prepared for Project Retrosight.

vii. Canadian Institutes of Health Research. 2007. “It’s payback time: New international study to assess impact of heart and stroke research.”

For Further Reading

Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Health Economics Research Group, Office of Health Economics, & RAND Europe. 2008. “Medical research: What’s it worth? Estimating the economic benefits from medical research in the UK.” London: UK Evaluation Forum.

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Improving the Health of Canadians: Exploring Positive Mental Health

Posted on April 16, 2009. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

Improving the Health of Canadians: Exploring Positive Mental Health

Date published: March 3, 2009

Mental health is more than the absence of mental illness. It is a component of overall health and is shaped by individual, physical environment, social, cultural and socio-economic characteristics. Increasingly, mental health is moving to the forefront of discussions and action on overall health and well-being. However, much of the work in this area to date has not focused on supporting the development of positive mental health; instead, it has had a primary focus on mental illness, specifically service-, access- and stigma-related issues. This was seen as a gap by the experts with whom CPHI consulted regarding the focus of this report. Positive mental health is a construct that is still being developed and for which literature is emerging.

Improving the Health of Canadians: Exploring Positive Mental Health brings together available information and data analyses that look at one way of defining positive mental health, how we currently measure it, its role in health, the factors associated with high levels of positive mental health and what strategies are, or may be, effective at promoting mental health at a population level.

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Canadian Heart Health Strategy and Action Plan – February 2009

Posted on April 16, 2009. Filed under: Cardiol / Cardiothor Surg | Tags: , |

The Canadian Heart Health Strategy and Action Plan has been released, and is described as “a road map for improving the heart health of Canadians from prevention to patient care.” The cost of the plan, which is yet to be funded, is estimated at $100 million a year over seven years, but it is also calculated that it can save the economy $7.6 billion in direct costs and $14.6 billion in indirect costs by 2020. The document can be found at http://www.chhs-scsc.ca.

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Value for Money: Making Canadian Health Care Stronger

Posted on April 16, 2009. Filed under: Health Systems Improvement | Tags: |

Value-for-money debate on health care launched

The Health Council of Canada has started a national discussion about whether Canadians are getting full value for the $172 billion they spend a year on health care.

This week, the Council published a 50-page report and launched a website to collect the views of Canadians on the matter. The report says the goal is to “begin a conversation about how to sustain our universal public health system.”

A website has also been established – Canada Values Health

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