Health outcomes and economic evaluation

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Health economics may be defined as the application of economic theories and methods on health and health care.

Health outcomes measurement and valuation of health status are crucial in studies of population health and health inequalities and in economic evaluation. The EQ-5D instrument is used as a patient-reported outcomes measure (PROM) in several projects performed within the group. Economic evaluation involves the comparison of costs and benefits from alternative uses of resources and is usually classified as cost-benefit analysis or cost-effectiveness analysis. The purpose of economic evaluations is to assess the "value for money" of different health care programmes and interventions. 

Research Group

The group is lead by Kristina Burström (PhD) who is associate professor of health economics. Other members in the group include Emelie Heintz (PhD), postdoc and Vinnvård Fellow, and health economist at the Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment (SBU); Vibeke Sparring (PhD) postdoc in the INNOVCare project; Xuanxuan Wang (PhD), Chinese Scholarship Council postdoc awardee; Yanqin Zhong (PhD), Nantong University postdoc awardee; Mimmi Åström (Master in Public Health Sciences), PhD candidate; Olivia Ernstsson (Master in Public Health Sciences), PhD candidate; Shaofan Chen (Msc), Chinese Scholarship Council PhD awardee; Ann-Charlotte Egmar (RN, PhD), associate professor; Jonas Lundkvist (PhD), associate professor of health economics and senior lecturer at Uppsala University, Department of Pharmacy; Ola Rolfsson (MD, PhD) associate professor at the University of Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Academy, Department of Orthopaedics, and the Swedish Hip Arthroplasty Register; Evalill Nilsson (MD, PhD), QRC Stockholm Research Unit; Martin Skeppholm (MD, PhD), Stockholm Spine Center; Peter Lindgren (PhD), associate professor of health economics and research director at the Swedish Institute for Health Economics (IHE); Sophie Langenskiöld (PhD), senior lecturer at Uppsala University, Department of Public Health and Caring SciencesSun Sun (PhD), health economist at Synergus; Jenny Berg (PhD), Dental and Pharmaceutical Benefit Agency (TLV)Jiaying Chen (PhD), professor and Director at the Centre for Health Policy Studies, Nanjing Medical University, China. The research group collaborates with the Equity and Health Policy research group at the Department of Public Health Sciences.

Ann-Charlotte EgmarAssociated
Emelie HeintzPostdoc
Evalill NilssonAssociated
Jenny BergAssociated
Jonas LundkvistAssociated
Kristina BurströmSenior researcher
Martin SkeppholmAssociated
Mimmi ÅströmGraduate Student
Ola RolfsonAssociated
Olivia ErnstssonGraduate Student
Peter LindgrenAssociated
Shaofan ChenScholar
Sophie LangenskiöldAssociated
Sun SunAssociated
Vibeke SparringEducation coordinator
Xuanxuan WangAssociated
Yaqin ZhongAssociated

Jiaying Chen, Professor

Ongoing Projects

We are involved in several research projects.

Selected Publications

A full publication list for 2015 can be found below.

Swedish experience-based value sets for EQ-5D health states.
Burström K, Sun S, Gerdtham U, Henriksson M, Johannesson M, Levin L, et al
Qual Life Res 2014 Mar;23(2):431-42

Population health status in China: EQ-5D results, by age, sex and socio-economic status, from the National Health Services Survey 2008.
Sun S, Chen J, Johannesson M, Kind P, Xu L, Zhang Y, et al
Qual Life Res 2011 Apr;20(3):309-20

Diabetes duration and health-related quality of life in individuals with onset of diabetes in the age group 15-34 years - a Swedish population-based study using EQ-5D
Sparring V, Nyström L, Wahlström R, Jonsson PM, Ostman J, Burström K
BMC Public Health. 2013 Apr 22;13(1):377

Development of the EQ-5D-Y: a child-friendly version of the EQ-5D
Wille N, Badia X, Bonsel G, Burström K, Cavrini G, Devlin N, Egmar AC, et al
Qual Life Res. 2010 Aug;19(6):875-86

Health-related quality of life 10 years after intracranial aneurysm rupture: a retrospective cohort study using EQ-5D
von Vogelsang AC, Burström K, Wengström Y, Svensson M, Forsberg C

Neurosurgery. 2013 Mar;72(3):397-405

Does income-related health inequality change as the population ages? Evidence from Swedish panel data.
Islam M, Gerdtham U, Clarke P, Burström K
Health Econ 2010 Mar;19(3):334-49

The societal burden of poor persistence to treatment of osteoporosis in Sweden.
Landfeldt E, Lundkvist J, Ström O
Bone 2011 Feb;48(2):380-8

Outcome-free design of observational studies: peer influence on smoking
Langenskiöld S, Rubin D
Annales d'économie et de statistique (Annals of Economics and Statistics). 2008;91/92:107-125

Financing (external funders)

Stockholm County Council; The EuroQol Research Foundation; Natural Nature Science Foundation of China; FORTE; The Vårdal Foundation; Strategic Research Area in Care Sciences (SFO-V); Vinnvård; Swedish Heart and Lung Foundation; EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation; Chinese Scholarship Council; Nantong University, China.

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