The EQ-5D is a standardized instrument developed by the EuroQol group for use as a measure of health outcome. It considers five dimensions of health-related quality of life: mobility, self-care, usual activities, pain/discomfort, anxiety/depression. When the need for greater collaboration around implementation and use of the EQ-5D in Alberta was recognized in eary 2012, colleagues…
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The concept of “personalized medicine” in health is garnering increased attention. Personalized medicine can be defined as the tailoring of preventive, diagnostic, or therapeutic interventions to the characteristics of an individual or population. This may involve genetic or laboratory biomarker information. As personalized medicine promises to increasingly change the…
For which strategies of suicide prevention is there evidence of effectiveness? This report aims to synthesize research findings from existing systematic reviews to address two questions: What types of preventive interventions have been evaluated in the published literature? Which strategies have good-quality evidence to support them? Limited evidence - as well as variability by…
In February 2012, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) in partnership with the Institute of Health Economics (IHE) sponsored a two day meeting of content, administrative and research experts to identify the breadth of diagnostic imaging studies that CIHI might feasibly undertake with its data or with data that could be easily obtained. The purpose of this report…
Sponsored by the Institute of Health Economics (IHE) – Methodology Forum Series. Presented at the Health Canada and Canadian Institutes of Health Research Personalised Medicine in Canada: A Multi-Stakeholder Workshop to Examine the Canadian Perspective, January 12, 2012. The specific objectives of this session/workshop were to: Explore issues relevant to economic evaluation…
Routine Preoperative Tests - Are They Necessary? is about routine preoperative testing on otherwise healthy patients who are scheduled for elective surgery. This report is a synopsis of the findings from some of the major health technology assessments and systematic reviews on preoperative testing published during the last two decades. The implications of these results for Alberta…