Special Issue "Assessing Value in Child Health"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2021).
2. Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, Toronto, M5T 3M6 ON, Canada
Interests: health technology assessment; child health; cost-effectiveness analysis; health-related quality of life; genomics; neurodevelopmental disorders
Assessing value in child health is increasingly important as health care systems face difficult choices with regard to what services and programs to offer. Researchers, practitioners, and funding and policy decision makers appreciate that value extends far beyond assessments of efficacy and safety of new treatments and interventions. Measuring cost-effectiveness, evaluating effects on quality of life for patients and their caregivers, determining preferences for treatments and services from patients, families and members of the public, and consideration of the ethical implications of new complex technologies all contribute to an understanding of value. Conducting research to measure elements of value often necessitates novel methods and approaches. Conducting such research in child health is particularly challenging given the paucity of valid pediatric patient-reported outcome (PRO) instruments, the lack of clinical trial data sources, reliance on proxies, and many other methodologic and data-related constraints. This creates exciting opportunities for methodologic research to develop and validate tools, instruments, statistical approaches, and models to measure elements of value in child health.
Alongside research to measure value and expand the methodologic toolbox for such assessments in child health, there is growing interest in the development of valid value frameworks to assist funding and policy decision makers called upon to make evidence-informed decisions based on the highest quality evidence.
This Special Issue invites submissions that pertain to the topic of assessing value in child health. Manuscripts that address the following topics are welcome:
- Health technology assessment (HTA) in child health;
- Pediatric cost-effectiveness and willingness-to-pay analysis;
- Measuring preferences (utility) of patients, family members or members of the public for pediatric health states;
- Health-related quality of life and cost spillover effects in caregivers of children with a health condition;
- Valuation of preferences for pediatric interventions and technologies by patients, family members, clinicians, and members of the public using quantitative or qualitative methods;
- Ethical analysis for valuation of complex emerging technologies in child health;
- The development of tools, instruments, statistical approaches or models to measure elements of value in child health;
- Value frameworks for funding and policy decision making for pediatric interventions and services.
Prof. Wendy J. Ungar
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Children is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
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- Health technology assessment
- Cost-effectiveness analysis
- Health state preferences
- Spillover effects
- Preference ascertainment
- Ethical analysis
- Value frameworks