Socioeconomic Impact of Policy Instruments for Health Research Dissemination (INFORMED).
Description: This project evaluates the socioeconomic effects of various policies that collect, integrate and translate health research into improving patient treatment. The project focuses on three overall policies: planning of medical specialties, clinical guidelines and building research capacity in hospitals. Qualitative and quantitative methods are used to investigate the research questions. In the qualitative studies, three hospitals are selected to be subject to in-depth ethnographic field studies and interviews with different types of employees. The quantitative studies are effect studies using registry data. Research on health and disease can be crucial to the quality of life of the population, and it may also reduce societal expenditure, because research can find more effective treatment methods. So far, the effects of research has not been investigated much. This project will contribute research on how knowledge is translated into practice.
Technological innovation creates new treatment opportunities, while also putting healthcare budgets under strain. To deal with the rising costs of hospital medicines, the regional governments in Denmark have developed a new model for prioritising the adoption and use of hospital medicine. Marking a shift from previous policies, the new model formalises the evaluation of clinical benefit, adds an assessment of treatment costs and ensures a relatively high degree of direct stakeholder involvement. In international comparison, the new model is ambitious in terms of stakeholder involvement and adherence with principles advocated to ensure procedural justice and fair decision-making processes. However, these procedural innovations have also created new challenges. Notably, the newly formed assessment body, the Danish Medicines Council, is faced with a very high caseload and limited options to prioritise the use of its analytical resources.