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  • Reducing Sexual Violence by Increasing the Supply of Toilets in Khayelitsha, South Africa
    David Paltiel, PhD, Yale School of Public Health
    Date: Friday, April 10, 2015 Time: 1:00-2:00pm
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    Leslie Dan Pharmacy, University of Toronto, 144 College Street, Rm# 850

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    Latest available: Whole genome sequencing in pediatrics: current ethical controversies.
    Robin Hayeems, ScM, PhD, Scientist-track Investigator at Sick Kids Hospital
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Cost-Effectiveness of Screening Hepatitis C in Canada. - Wong WWL, Tu HA, Feld JJ, Wong T, Krahn M
Publication Date: Jan 12, 2015; Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ)




 

UPCOMING EVENTS

THETA Rounds

Since 2008 THETA has been hosting  a lecture series THETA Rounds and inviting world experts to address various issues related to Health Technology Assessment field. Recordings of most sessions are available in the THETA Rounds Archive.
 
Topic: Reducing Sexual Violence by Increasing the Supply of Toilets in Khayelitsha, South Africa

Lecturer: David Paltiel, PhD, Yale School of Public Health
Date: Friday, April 10, 2015
Time:
1:00-2:00 pm
Venue
Rm# 850, Leslie Dan Pharmacy, University of Toronto, 144 College Street

 


THETA Rounds

Since 2008 THETA has been hosting  a lecture series THETA Rounds and inviting world experts to address various issues related to Health Technology Assessment field. Recordings of most sessions are available in the THETA Rounds Archive.
 
Topic: Whole genome sequencing in pediatrics: current ethical controversies

Lecturer: Robin Hayeems, ScM, PhD, Scientist-track Investigator at Sick Kids Hospital
Date: Friday, March 20, 2015
Time:
1:00-2:00 pm
Venue
Rm# 850, Leslie Dan Pharmacy, University of Toronto, 144 College Street


CADTH Lecture Series

CADTH is hosting a series of lectures by prominent scholars and opinion leaders to share their perspectives on some of the most pressing issues facing health technology assessment (HTA) and health care today. The upcoming session: March 12, 2015 (1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT, register and attend in person or via webinar): Dr. Murray Krahn, Director of Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment  (THETA) Collaborative. Lecture topic: Developing a Values-Based Framework for Decision-Making in Technology Assessment (and Health). Join Dr. Murray Krahn, 2014 recipient of the Dr. Jill M. Sanders Award of Excellence in Health Technology Assessment, for a discussion of the factors to be considered in developing a fair, transparent, and values-based framework for decisions about the adoption and use of health technologies.
 

NEWS

CAHSPR conference 2015: Learning from Each Other: Across Disciplines, Jurisdictions and Generations

At the upcoming Canadian Association for Health Sevices and Policy Research (CAHSPR) Montreal Conference, from May 26 to 28 2015, discussions will focus on the following theme: Learning from Each Other: Across Disciplines, Jurisdictions and Generations. CAHSPR endeavours to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and approaches, particularly with regard to research and experiments, to guide the improvement of policies and practices.

Since the highest level of interaction between health regions, provinces and various leading countries has been built into the Program, hopefully this will drive vibrant exchanges among the many professions and scientific disciplines found under the umbrella of health. The conference will also provide a space for showcasing contrasting views held by various generations of men and women who work in the field, whether they are young and emerging or mid- to late-career, seasoned professionals.

2015 Conference description and photo adapted from CAHSPR website.

THETA staff is contributing several oral and poster presentations at the conference:

Oral Presentations

Cost-Utility Analysis of Robotic-Assisted versus Open Radical Prostatectomy in Patients with Clinically Localized Prostate Cancer in Ontario. Xie X, Abrahamyan L, Tawfik A, Kabali C, Pham B, Krahn M

Impact of Telehomecare on patients’ quality of life and disease-management skills.  Rac VE, Shahid N, Sahakyan Y, Fan I, Hunting G, Stanimirovic A, Petrosyan Y, Moneypenny C , Abrahamyan L, Pechlivanoglou P, Pham B, Mitsakakis N, Krahn M

Real-world effectiveness of stroke units in Ontario. A matched cohort analysis. Ieraci L, Pechlivanoglou P, Bayley M, Kapral M, Fang J, Li S, Krahn M

Procurement as an instrument of health policy: What are we asking, what can it do? Miller FA, Lehoux P, Barg C, Peacock S, Rac VE, Pham B, Krahn M

Poster Presentations

Structure and Function of Stroke Units in Ontario in 2013-2014. Rac VE, Sahakyan Y, Fan I, Ieraci L, Hall R, Kelloway L, van der Velde G, Kapral M, Bayley M, Krahn M

Design, Implementation and Evaluation of Complex Health Care Interventions in the Community. Rac VE, Abrahamyan L, Pechlivanoglou P, Shahid N, Wong J, Sahakyan Y, Fan I, Hunting G, Carcone S, Stanimirovic A, Petrosyan Y, Ryan W, Chung S, Pham B, Mitsakakis N, Krahn M.

Posted on March 25, 2015


128 enrolled and counting!

We are happy to announce that SIESTA Home Sleep Study has now over 100 participants enrolled.

We welcome our latest study site, Sleep & Apnea Assessment Unit in London Health Sciences Centre with Dr. Charlie George (Site Investigator) and Ms. Ruth Strapp (Research Manager).  Already busy enrolling at this site are Jennifer OGorman and Leila MacBean, Lawson Study Coordinators!  Big thanks to Nancy Farr (Kingston Sleep Disorders Laboratory’s Study Coordinator), Sanjana Hye (Hamilton Sleep Disorders Clinic’s Study Coordinator) and all those who are involved for all their hard work. 

iDAPT Somno and its product ApneaDx™   is one of the first three companies selected by the MaRS Excellence in Clinical Innovation and Technology Evaluation (“EXCITE”) program. Photo curtesy of iDAPT Somno.

Posted on March 20, 2015


Screening Canadians for hepatitis C infection could be cost-effective and save lives

Congratulations to William Wong, PhD, Decision Modeler at THETA and Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, on his newest publication: Cost-effectiveness of screening for hepatitis C in Canada. CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) just published media release and CMAJ Twitter feed is already abuzz with this important news.

 


THETA contributes to the upcoming 2015 CADTH Symposium.

This year 2015 CADTH Symposium theme is “What does the evidence say? HTA to support policy and practice”; it is held at TCU Place in Saskatoon, SK on April 12 – 14, 2015. THETA staff substantial contribution includes workshops, oral and poster presentations as well as discussion panels.

Workshops

Complex Interventions for Comparative Effectiveness and Health Technology Assessment. Valeria E. Rac, Lusine Abrahamyan and Murray D Krahn
This is an introductory-level workshop about complex interventions and their increasing role in the comparative effectiveness and health technology assessment research. The course provides theoretical frameworks and practical guidance for the design, implementation and evaluation of the complex interventions. Real world examples will be used throughout - April 12, 2015; 9:00 am - 12pm.

Issues in the analysis of healthcare cost data. Nicholas Mitsakakis, Petros Pechlivanoglou - April 12, 2015; 9:00 am - 12pm

Integrating NMA in economic evaluations. Petros PechlivanoglouNicholas Mitsakakis - April 12, 2015; 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Panel Sessions

Public policy in the post-interferon era: Can we afford to cure Hepatitis C?  Murray Krahn (moderator), William W.L. Wong, Alnoor Ramji, Kevin Wilson - April 13 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Improving the Appraisal of Non-Drug Technologies: Revising the Ontario Decision Framework. Presenters: Murray Krahn, Fiona Miller, Ann-Sylvia BrookerValeria E Rac, (Moderator); Authors: Krahn M, Miller FA, Bayoumi A, Giacomini M, Goeree R, Wagner F, Winsor S, Schunemann H, van deVelde G, Pham B, Petersen S - April 14; 13:00 – 14:30 pm

Oral Presentations

Cost-effectiveness of a one-time national hepatitis C screening program: impact of a selective drug reimbursement policy. William W.L. Wong, Jordan Feld, Murray Krahn - April 14, 2015; 10:15 – 11:45 am

An alternative parameterization of Bayesian logistic hierarchical models for mixed treatment comparisons. Petros Pechlivanoglou - April 14, 2015; 10:15 – 11:45 am

Two solitudes: HTA and procurement as pathways to the adoption of health technologies. Miller A Fiona, Barg C, Krahn M, Lehoux P, Peacock S, Rac VE. - April 14; 10:15 – 11:45 am

Poster Presentations

All poster presentations will be held during the Welcome Reception on the evening of April 12.

Implementation challenges of a community-based pragmatic randomized controlled trial in wound care. Valeria E Rac, Josephine Wong, Nicholas Mitsakakis, Eva Haratsidis and Murray Krahn

Analysis of aggregate health care cost data using Bayesian mixed models. Nicholas Mitsakakis, George Tomlinson

Benefits of transformations in mapping health utilities. Nicholas Mitsakakis, Karen Bremner and Murray Krahn

Projecting mortality rates in Economic Evaluation: A simulation study. Petros Pechlivanoglou, Lusine Abrahamyan, Ba' Pham, Serena Hsu, Mike Paulden, Murray Krahn

Including the patient’s family in cost-effectiveness analysis of end-of-life interventions. Ba' Pham, Fowler R, P Tanuseputro, D Manuel, N Sikich, S Baidoobonso, P Pechlivanoglou, L Levin, D Guerriere, P Coyte, M Krahn

Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Post-Acute Exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Cost-Effectiveness and Budget Impact Analysis. Xuanqian Xie, Myra Wang, Alexis Schaink, Murray Krahn

Cost effectiveness analysis of islet transplantation in patients with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. Xuanqian Xie, Benjamin Rich, Nandini Dendukuri

 


THETA Collaborative presents at the upcoming Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) 2014 – 36th Annual North American Meeting. This year’s theme: Medical Decision Making Among Diverse Populations: Advancing Practice, Policy, and Science, October 18 - 22, 2014, Miami, FL.

SMDM 2014

 

Short Course

Complex Interventions for Comparative Effectiveness and Health Technology AssessmentValeria E. Rac, MD, PhD, Lusine Abrahamyan, MD, MPH,PhD and Murray D Krahn, MD, MSc.  

This is an introductory-level course about complex interventions and their increasing role in the comparative effectiveness and health technology assessment research. The course provides theoretical frameworks and practical guidance for the design, implementation and evaluation of the complex interventions. Real world examples will be used throughout.

Oral Presentations

Implementation Challenges of a Community-Based Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial in Wound Care. Josephine F Wong, MD, Valeria E. Rac, MD, PhD, Nicholas Mitsakakis, MSc, PhD, Eva Haratsidis, BSc, RN and Murray D. Krahn, MD, MSc. 

Analysis of Healthcare Costs in Patients with Acute Whiplash-Associated Disorders Using Zero-Adjusted Gamma Models. Shahriar Shams, MA, Lusine Abrahamyan, MD, MPH, PhD, Gabrielle van der Velde, DC, PhD and Nicholas Mitsakakis, MSc, PhD.

The Impact of Estimating Mortality Rates in Cost-Effectiveness Analysis: A Simulation StudyPetros Pechlivanoglou, PhD, Lusine Abrahamyan, MD, MPH, PhD, Ba' Pham, MSc, PhD (c), Mike Paulden, MA, MSc. and Murray D Krahn, MD, MSc. 

Poster Presentations

Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Palliative Team Care for Patients Nearing End-Of-Life. Ba' Pham, MSc, PhD (c), Robert A. Fowler, MD, MSc, Peter Tanuseputro, MD, MHSc, Douglas Manuel, MD, MSc, Nancy Sikich, MSc, Shamara Baidoobonso, MSc, PhD, Petros Pechlivanoglou, PhD, Les Levin, MD, MSc and Murray D. Krahn, MD, MSc.

Cost-Effectiveness of Hepatitis B Virus Screening Before Adjuvant Chemotherapy in Patients with Early Stage Breast Cancer. William W. L. Wong, PhD, Lisa K. Hicks, MD, MSc, Hong Anh Tu, PhD, Murray D. Krahn, MD, MSc, Kathleen I. Pritchard, MD, MSc, Jordan J. Feld, MD, MPH and Kelvin Chan, MD, MSc.  

Cost-Effectiveness of Screening Hepatitis C in Canada. William W. L. Wong, PhD, Hong Anh Tu, PhD, Jordan J. Feld, MD, MPH, Tom Wong, MD, MPH and Murray D. Krahn, MD, MSc.  

Cost Effectiveness Analysis of Systematic Referral to Multidisciplinary Wound Care Teams in Ontario. Evidence from the Wound Interdisciplinary Teams (Wit) Trial. Mengzhu Jiang, MSc, Petros Pechlivanoglou, PhD, Josephine F Wong, MD, Nicholas Mitsakakis, MSc, PhD, Steven M. Carcone, MSc, Ba' Pham, MSc, PhD (c), Valeria E. Rac, MD, PhD and Murray D Krahn, MD, MSc.  

Wound Interdisciplinary Teams (Wit): A Community-Based Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial. Valeria E. Rac, MD PhD, Josephine Wong, MD, Nicholas Mitsakakis, MSc PhD, Petros Pechlivanoglou, PhD, Steven M. Carcone, MSc and Murray D. Krahn, MD, MSc.

For more information about this conference, please check SMDM website.

Posted on Aug 2014

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