First part: Research on health services.
First session: Research on health services: definition, conceptual framework, and areas of interest. Variations in medical practice.
Second session: Types of effectiveness studies.
Third session: Severity adjustment systems, sources of data, databases, coding systems, development, and validity.
Fourth session: Use management. Methods. Medical audits.
Fifth session: Quality of life as related to health. General and specific instruments. Limitations and applications as a measure of outcome.
Second part: Economic assessment.
First session: Economic assessment: concept and modalities. Cost-effectiveness analysis. Cost-benefit analysis. Cost-usefulness analysis. Definition of the objectives of an economic assessment. Description of alternatives. Choice of alternatives to compare.
Second session: Cost analysis. Identification, quantification, and assessment of costs. Temporal consideration of costs and benefits. Application of decision rules: NPV, CBA, IRP, CEA.
Third session: Identification, quantification, and assessment of benefits. Effectiveness of alternatives. Choice of the measure of effectiveness in cost-effectiveness assessment. Consideration of uncertainty. Marginal analysis.
Fourth session: Cost-benefit analysis. Economic fundamentals. Transformation of benefits into monetary units.
Fifth session: Measure of utilities and of the state of health. Limitations of economic assessment.