Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Karsten Vrangbæk receives DKK 10 million to investigate equity and the socioeconomic impact of disease management programmes in Denmark

Karsten Vrangbæk, Professor, Department of Public Health and Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen has received DKK 10 million for his research project “Equity and the Socioeconomic Impact of Disease Management Programmes in Denmark.”

The project aims to investigate two important challenges for health economics research. First, how can we evaluate the impact of complex disease management programmes? The nationwide programmes are an interdisciplinary and intersectoral concept for the development of systematic and evidence-based treatment programmes. A detailed programme description will be formulated for several chronic diseases including diabetes, lumbar and back disorders, cardiovascular diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, schizophrenia and cancer rehabilitation based on a generic model of disease management. Interdisciplinary interventions such as these are very important but also represent a challenge in relation to traditional evaluation techniques. The project will analyse the origin and implementation of disease management programmes in Denmark. Subsequently, the research will assess the impact on selected groups of patients with the help of health registry and survey data.

The other main objective of the project is to focus on the equity of the impact on health as one element in the health economics assessment of disease management programmes. Although health economics is good at evaluating the impact on costs, it is less well developed in assessing whether new forms of treatment are equally effective for different groups of patients.

“The project will demonstrate how equality can be factored in as one element of this health economics evaluation theory and how this can influence the evaluation of health interventions. In overall terms, the project will provide thorough and innovative input to assessing the socioeconomic impact associated with using health research for developing and implementing disease prevention programmes for the major disease categories in Denmark,” says Karsten Vrangbæk.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has awarded the three grants under the Foundation’s Socioeconomic impacts of research in Denmark social science research programme that is being awarded for the second time. This year’s programme theme is the strengthening of evidence-based knowledge and the socioeconomic impact of research on health and disease at various levels.

Watch Karsten Vrangbæk explain his research.