Applied Health Economics uses economic evaluations to examine the value for money of different lifestyle interventions such as exercise to promote functional independence among adults often impeded by mobility impairment, cognitive decline and chronic conditions.
Understanding factors that impact the quality of life and wellbeing among older adults is required in order to efficiently add quality life years to older adults through the development of patient-oriented and health economics research methods.
Applied Health Economics Laboratory
Our research focuses on economic evaluations alongside clinical trials of lifestyle (i.e., physical activity or exercise) interventions to ascertain the value for money (i.e., efficiency) of these interventions among populations at high risk of functional dependence due to mobility impairments, chronic conditions or cognitive impairment.
Economic Evaluations of Clinical Trials (Lifestyle Interventions)
Economic evaluations of clinical trials of lifestyle interventions (i.e., exercise or physical activity) interventions from three unique cost perspectives (i.e., patient, health care system and society) to ascertain the value for money of these interventions among populations at high risk of functional decline due to mobility impairments, chronic conditions or cognitive impairment.
Patient-Oriented Research Methods Among Older Adults
Our research also utilizes patient oriented research methods to better understand how patient reported outcome measures may be useful in improving adherence to exercise prescription or recommendations made in a clinical setting (i.e., Falls Prevention Clinic) to improve quality of life and reduce cost outcomes. We are examining how patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) support patients’ adherence to fall prevention recommendations in a novel primary care setting – the Falls Prevention Clinic.
A Theoretical Framework to Improve Adherence Among Older Adults to Recommendations Received at a Falls Prevention Clinic: Review
Falls are a ‘geriatric giant’ of aging and impose a huge public health problem among older adults in terms of costs and consequences. We can prevent falls through a multifactorial intervention offered by a Falls Prevention Clinic service. Adherence rates to recommendations received at the Falls Prevention Clinic are often low, particularly to lifestyle recommendations. To achieve full health benefits from such an intervention, improving adherence is critical.Hence, this project focuses on the development of a theoretical framework to detail factors that impact adherence falls prevention interventions in a Falls Prevention Clinic setting.
International Comparison of Cost of Functional Independence Limitations in Older Adults Living in the Community: A Systematic Review and Cost-of Impairment Study
Successful aging highlights the importance of lifestyle, social support, and sense of autonomy in enabling older adults to maintain their health and independence. Considering the burden that a loss of functional independence presents, a robust assessment of the health and economic burden of functional independence limitations for older adults is critical to assist policymakers in planning for the future needs of an aging population. This project utilized systematic review methods to examine the cost of functional independence limitations among community dwelling older adults from three unique economic perspectives.
Healthy aging is a critical contributor to maintaining quality of life and wellbeing throughout our later years. Our research examines the determinants of quality of life and wellbeing among populations of adults at risk of functional dependence (i.e., those with mobility impairments, chronic conditions or cognitive impairment).
Are you interested in clinically applied health economics research? The Applied Health Economics Laboratory is accepting applications for volunteers, undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral fellowships as well as other extended learning opportunities such as directed studies.
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Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS)
At the UBC Okanagan campus, Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) programs allow students to work closely with faculty across a diverse set of departments and disciplines, including applied health economics.