Selected initiatives, publications and resources that reside at the nexus of research, policy and practice are featured below.

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EPIC

EPIC, a multi-year initiative that launched with primary data collection in 6 countries, works to improve the availability and quality of immunization cost and financing information for low-income countries.

 

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Disease Control Priorities

Disease Control Priorities (DCP3) provides economic evaluation of policy choices affecting the access, uptake, and quality of interventions and delivery platforms for low-and middle-income countries. 

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PROSPR

PROSPR, an NCI-funded consortium, evaluates the screening process for breast, colorectal and cervical cancers across 7 diverse health care institutions throughout the United States.

Immunization Cost Structure by Country

Using data from the EPIC study on infant immunization costs from six countries, this analysis estimated how costs were distributed across budget categories and programmatic activities, and how the cost structure varied by country and site characteristics. Understanding these differences could inform strategies to improve local efficiency.

Comparative Effectiveness w/o Costs?

Although cost is not mentioned explicitly in the comparative effectiveness legislation, the American College of Physicians and others have called for cost-effectiveness analysis — assessment of the added improvement in health relative to cost — to be on the comparative effectiveness research agenda. This has come under harsh criticism from some. Read the article.

Informing Cancer Prevention Guidelines

Model-based decision analysis informs the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) revision of cervical cancer screening guidelines, integrating new evidence on standalone human papillomavirus (HPV) testing, recently approved by the FDA for women ages 25 years and older. Learn about the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

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Featured Resource: A Conversation with Howard Raiffa

Fienberg interviews Howard Raiffa in April, 2000 preceding his receipt of the 1999 Dickson Prize in Science awarded by Carnegie Mellon University to honor the person judged by the University to “have made the most progress in the scientific field in the U.S. for the year in question”.  Fienberg SE. The Early Statistical Years: 1947–1967 A Conversation with Howard Raiffa. Institute of Mathematical Statistics 2008.