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G. J. and Ash were fantastic teachers and I learned more about survival analysis than I did in my entire masters! I really appreciated the help and the opportunities to ask questions about the course. They both emphasised that no question was small enough, enabling me to ask questions I had never thought I could before.

February 2022 Delegate

The lecturing was fantastic! I also really appreciated the different experiences G.J. and Ash brought to the table because they covered a range of academic and industry perspectives. 

February 2022 Delegate

I’m currently undertaking an MSc in Economic Evaluation and this course really cemented survival analysis for me. I could not have done my dissertation without it.

January 2021 Delegate

Courses with such a technical focus are relatively hard to find - I would highly recommend to colleagues and other Health Economists wanting a hands-on practical course.

January 2021 Delegate

The live examples and R code have been so helpful for applying new skills to our own data. I would highly recommend to those with a technical and/or strategic interest in survival analysis.

January 2021 Delegate

Survival Analysis for Decision Making CPD Course

Survival Analysis for Decision Making

Following on from the successful delivery of the Survival Analysis for Decision Making CPD course in 2021 and 2022 with Delta Hat, we are delighted to be running the course again (dates TBC). The course will run virtually and is designed with special attention to the issues that are posed in applications of survival analysis and is informed by a rich programme of statistical and conceptual examples.

This course has been developed as a collaboration between PenTAG, the Peninsula Technology Assessment Group (University of Exeter), a longstanding HTA unit providing advice to NICE, and Delta Hat, a leading consultancy in health economics and evidence-based medicine.

About the course

Survival analysis, or the analysis of time-to-event data, is a central part of health technology assessment (HTA), with important implications both for understanding the clinical effectiveness of treatments and for modelling their cost-effectiveness.

This course is especially designed for HTA assessors, medical affairs specialists, Health Economics and Outcomes Researchers among other professionals in the field of HTA. It is led by experts from two groups: Peninsula Technology Assessment Group (PenTAG) at the University of Exeter and Delta Hat. PenTAG has been providing advice to NICE on the clinical and cost-effectiveness of drugs and other interventions since 2001, while Delta Hat is a cutting-edge consultancy comprised of economists and statisticians working in HTA. Both groups have been working together to share their strengths since 2018, having developed a strong record of collaboration to better meet the needs of NICE and the NHS through timely, innovative approaches to HTA.

The course is designed with special attention to the issues that are posed in applications of survival analysis and is informed by a rich programme of statistical and conceptual examples. The audience will engage with expert knowledge on the role of survival analysis in the HTA process on multiple perspectives.

Learning outcomes

  • Learn and implement key survival analysis methods in R statistical software (assuming little or no prior knowledge)
  • Critically appraise applications of survival analysis in the HTA context
  • Understand how survival analysis informs economic modelling
  • Develop strategies for the extrapolation of time-to-event data
  • Apply learning techniques and examples in future projects

Testimonials

Read what previous delegates have said about the course:

“This course was well thought out and structured, with the perfect balance of theory and interactive practical sessions focused on the application of survival analysis methods in R Studio. The content was comprehensive, well explained, and delivered in a very clear and accessible way. Courses with such a technical focus are relatively hard to find - I would highly recommend to colleagues and other Health Economists wanting a hands-on practical course.”

“Brilliant to find an interactive course tailored to improving skills for conducting and critiquing survival analysis. The live examples and R code have been so helpful for applying new skills to our own data. I would highly recommend to those with a technical and/or strategic interest in survival analysis.”

G. J. and Ash were fantastic teachers and I learned more about survival analysis than I did in my entire masters! I really appreciated the help and the opportunities to ask questions about the course. They both emphasised that no question was small enough, enabling me to ask questions I had never thought I could before.

Event details

Date:  Feb 2023, dates TBC

Venue: Zoom

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