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Giving patients a voice in rare disease research

Rare diseases and the diagnostic odyssey

Patients with undiagnosed rare diseases often undergo a long, stressful and costly testing process.  This is called the ‘diagnostic odyssey.’  Standard testing involves numerous tests, missed diagnoses, and considerable stress and uncertainty for affected individuals and families.  On average, it takes 5.6 years to…

Published by Health Economics Research Unit, University of Aberdeen

Interventions for severe obesity: value for money?

Obesity in Scotland

Severe obesity is a growing public health concern. In 2018 in Scotland, 2% of men and 5% of women were classed as morbidly obese (no data exists for severe obesity). Severe obesity leads to more hospital admissions, earlier death, and poorer quality of life due to the higher risk…

Published by Health Economics Research Unit, University of Aberdeen

Reflections on HERU's 'Applying Discrete Choice Experiments in Health Economics' course

In 2019, the Methods of Benefit Valuation team in HERU delivered our ‘Using Discrete Choice Experiments in Health Economics’ course twice. The course teaches one of the most commonly used preference elicitation tools: the Discrete Choice Experiment (DCE). In 2019, we held our annual course in Aberdeen, and also held…

Published by Health Economics Research Unit, University of Aberdeen

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