Review of UK Resource Use Measures

Thursday 17 December 2015

Latest DIRUM-related publication

With thoughts of stockings filled by the fire and late night shopping to the sounds of everyone's favorite Christmas songs, we are pleased to announce the publication of our most recent research in the new edition of the PSSRU’s 2015 Unit Costs of Health and Social Care report, compiled by Lesley Curtis and Amanda Burns (download from here and see page 22).

Prepared by Colin Ridyard and Dyfrig Hughes of the Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation, Bangor University in conjunction with others of the DIRUM team, we reviewed papers citing publications deposited within DIRUM to assess: (i) which resource use measures are commonly used; (ii) how are resource use measures administered; (iii) which items of resource use were mostly measured using patient self-report; (iv) how the use of measures differ according to the availability of alternative methods; and (v) how estimates compare when more than one method is used for the estimation of the same resource items. The review highlights the extensive use of Beecham and Knapp’s CSRI. Patient interviews are the more common and successful method of questionnaire administration but whilst concerns may still exist around recall bias, a small number of studies show good agreement between medical records and patient /carer recall.

Finally, on behalf of the entire DIRUM team may we wish everyone a happy yuletide holiday and a peaceful and prosperous new year. Take care, everyone and be safe.  

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