Our researchers showcase their work at the 11th iHEA World Congress in Milan

The 11th iHEA World Congress takes place in Milan, Italy from the 12-15 July 2015. The iHEA (International Health Economics Association) facilitates communication among health economists worldwide aswell as debating important topics related to the economics of health. The theme for this year’s congress is ‘Health Economics and Nutrition’. However, the conference will also cover a range of health economic issues including cancer.

Two Irish Cancer Registry researchers, Dr Alison Pearce and Mr Alan Ó Céilleachair, will present findings from their respective research projects at the congress.

Dr Pearce will be giving a presentation entitled: “Comparing the costs of three prostate cancer follow-up strategies: A cost-minimisation analysis”.  Her research compared the costs of three different ways of providing follow-up care to men who have finished prostate cancer treatment. The results indicate that moving follow-up care away from specialist clinicians in the hospital and towards GP-based care is most cost efficient. If all the men diagnosed in 2013 were followed-up in this way for the next 10 years, the Irish health care system could save more than €760,000.

Mr Ó Céilleachair will be talking on the health-related quality of life in women after colposcopy. A colposcopy is a hospital-based follow-up examination used to follow-up women with abnormal cervical cytology detected through cervical screening. The study, conducted by CERVIVA researchers, involved women completing postal surveys which included questions on quality of life at various timepoints after colposcopy. The findings of the survey revealed several important factors associated with women’s health-related quality of life following colposcopy.

More information on the congress and presentations can be found here.

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