The Economics of Pain

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60 minutes

Ceri Phillips is Professor of Health Economics and Deputy Head of School (Research). He has close links with the Wound Healing Unit and the Centre for Disability Research at Cardiff University and the Pain Research Unit based at The Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. He has undertaken commissioned work for a range of organisations, including WHO, Welsh Assembly Government, Department of Health, Department of Work and Pensions and a range of health authorities and pharmaceutical companies.

In 2009 he was appointed to the Bevan Commission by the Welsh Minister of Health and Social Services on the 60th anniversary of the NHS to advise and oversee the new configuration and structure of NHS Wales and has been a member of the Steering Group which has been involved in the design of the Primary and Community Services Strategic Developments that have been taking place in Wales during 2009/10.

He is a member of the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG), and Vice Chair of its New Medicines Group which makes recommendations to AWMSG. He has recently been involved in formulating and developing the Occupational Health Strategy for Wales. In addition, he has been a member of NICE Programme Development Groups on a range of public health issues.

He has published extensively in the field of health economics and health policy, with over 130 books and journal articles.

In his presentation Ceri introduces us to Health economics and the healthcare dilemma, the burden and costs of pain, the costs associated with pain management and finally the ‘3 E’s’ namely effectiveness, efficiency and equity.

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