EURO PhD Summer School ‘Operational Research for Value-based Health Care’

Técnico - Alameda campus

EURO PhD Summer School ‘Operational Research for Value-based Health Care’, from September 1st to 8th, 2019, aims to be a unique forum for PhD students and young researchers working in operational research in health to get acquainted with multiple topics – ranging from classical operational research topics as simulation and mathematical programming to value measurement and stakeholders engagement in health contexts – which are relevant to address health decision-makers needs and to generate sound operational research methods, knowledge and tools aligned with value-based health care.

This summer school is a joint initiative and collaboration between Instituto Superior Técnico, (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal), Public University of Navarra (Spain), the Portuguese Association of Operational Research (APDIO), the Spanish Society of Statistics and Operations Research (SEIO), Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Norte, and Complejo Hospitalario de Navarra. The school is sponsored by the Association of European Operational Research Societies (EURO) and by the EURO working group on Health Services (EWG ORAHS), and benefits from financial support from Janssen-CILAG (gold) and NOVARTIS (silver).

32 students and researchers from 20 countries will participate in the school. The school counts with the participation of international experts from several countries, and its organization is in charge of researchers from IST, UPNA and FEUP: Mónica Oliveira (IST) and Fermin Mallor (UPNA) lead the organization, which also includes Ana Vieira, Inês Marques and Marta Salgado from IST and Mário Amorim Lopes from FEUP. The Scientific Committee is coordinated by Professor Sally Brailsford.

The School’s scientific program is organized into the following topics: ‘From modern health care challenges to OR methods and approaches’ (Prof. Sally Braisford, England), ‘What is and how to measure value in health? How to model stakeholders and decision-makers views for OR modeling?’ (Prof. Carlos Bana and Costa, Portugal), ‘How to use simulation to produce key information for health decision-making?’ (Prof. Erwin Hans, Netherlands), ‘How to achieve decision-makers objectives through mathematical programming?’ (Prof. Alec Morton, Scotland) and ‘How to properly combine methods to solve real health care challenges and promote value based health care?’ (Prof. Martin Utley, England). The aim is to discuss these topics as learning challenges, with the presentation and discussion of robust methods coupled with real applications of methods.

Participants will have the opportunity to work together on two real challenges posed by health organizations and to engage with health stakeholders and experts throughout the work. The evaluation of the works will be in charge of Prof. Roberto Aringhieri (Italy).

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