We are delighted to announce the third annual Methods for the Economic Evaluation of Diagnostics (MEED) Research Forum, which will run online (via Zoom) on Friday 24th September (hosted by Newcastle University).

Once registrated, a link to the Zoom room will be sent by email 24hrs in advance of the event.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented global attention onto the role and value of diagnostics for clinical decision making. In this year’s MEED Research Forum, we will be exploring what impact the field of health economics has had in this setting, and how, going forward, we can continue to respond to the evolving issues the pandemic presents. By bringing together health economists and related methodologists actively involved in the evaluation of diagnostics, this event aims to facilitate the development of methods and research in this area.

This year we will be running the event as an online morning workshop, which will include a series of talks on empirical research in the field, followed by a group panel discussion.



10:00 – 10:10 Arrive & welcome (Dr. Alison Smith, University of Leeds)

Session 1: Economic Modelling with Application to COVID-19 Diagnostics

Chair: Dr. Sean Gavan (The University of Manchester)

10:10 – 10:35 Simon Walker (University of York)

Jointly modelling economics and epidemiology to support public policy decisions for the COVID-19 response: a review of UK studies

10:35 – 11:00 Dr. Janet Bouttell (University of Glasgow)

Evaluation of triage tests when existing test capacity is constrained: application to rapid diagnostic testing in COVID-19

11:00 – 11:05 Break

11:05 – 11:45 Prof. Matt Stevenson (University of Sheffield)

Modelling of hypothetical SARS-CoV-2 point-of-care tests on admission to hospital from A&E: rapid cost-effectiveness analysis

Session 2: Has the Contribution of Health Economics to the COVID-19 Diagnostics Landscape Been Successful?

Chair: Dr. Alexander Thompson (The University of Manchester)

11:45 – 12:00 Panellist Introductions:

Dr. Joy Allen (affiliated with Newcastle University)

Prof. Anna Vassall (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)

Prof. Ian Hall (The University of Manchester)

12:00 – 12:30 Panel discussion with Q&A

12:30 Close

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