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Workshop - Economic Evaluations in Public Health: what are the ethical implications? - CPHA 2014
Michal Rozworski, independent researcher, and the Centre's Olivier Bellefleur offered a 90-minute workshop at the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) conference, held from May 26 to 29, 2014.
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Economic evaluations are often used to assess the relative efficiency of competing programs or policy options. The answers they provide can play a major role in decision making, especially when resources are limited and hard choices have to be made.

This workshop, organized by the NCCHPP, was meant to help public health actors involved in decision-making processes identify, understand and contextualize the main ethical implications of economic evaluations, which may seem at first to be free of value judgments and ideologies.

In this workshop, participants could:

• Become familiar with the main methods used in economic evaluations;

• Learn about the ethical implications of the main assumptions underlying most economic evaluations;

• Develop practical skills in assessing how efficiency and effectiveness, and the ways they are measured, can conflict with other social values or policy objectives, such as justice, equity, and our responsibility to future generations.

The workshop took place in Toronto on May 29, during the CPHA conference. Workshop participants did not need to have any prior knowledge in ethics or economics.

Economic Evaluations in Public Health: what are the ethical implications?
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Related publication

You might also be interested in the following NCCHPP publication “An Introduction to the Ethical Implications of Economic Evaluations for Healthy Public Policy”.

To learn more, click here.

The production of the NCCHPP website has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.