Methods for the conduct of economic evaluations have evolved over time to improve the quality of evidence for allocation decisions. However, child health differs from adult health in important ways. As a result, there are aspects to the measurement of costs and consequences that are unique to the paediatric population.
The goal of the Paediatric Economic Database Evaluation (PEDE) Project is to provide tools and promote research to advance the field of child health economic evaluation. The PEDE database contains detailed information on over 4,000 paediatric economic evaluations published over the past 40 years. It also includes an inventory of health state utility weights reported in cost-utility analyses. The PEDE research program is focused on identifying trends in publication, developing tools for quality appraisal, and addressing the challenges surrounding health state valuation in children.
Every summer we hire graduate students to review abstracts for the annual PEDE database update. The minimum requirements are: 1) enrollment in the HSR or ClinEpi program as a MSc or PhD student and 2) successful completion of HAD 5730 Economic Evaluation Methods for Health Systems Research. This is a part-time paid position from June-September for a total of 80 to 100 hours of work. The work is performed remotely at a location and on a schedule that is convenient for the student. Training is provided. This is a tremendous learning experience for trainees who will immerse themselves in the wide range of methods and study designs used in pediatric ecomomic evaluation.