Aims to analyse the cost effectiveness of interventions designed to improve the sleep health of people with quadriplegia.
The health economics stream of the program will include trial-based and modeled economic evaluations of interventions designed to improve the sleep health of people with quadriplegia. By building an evidence base that includes cost-effectiveness data, SHiQ will allow policy-makers to make informed decisions when allocating the limited public funding available to manage spinal cord injury.
SHiQ-generated evidence regarding cost-effectiveness will be combined with existing evidence to formulate evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. Such guidelines provide clinicians with actionable recommendations that can align their clinical practice with the available evidence regarding the safety, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of alternative treatment pathways.
While economic evidence can improve both policy and practice, there is currently a shortage of trained health economists working in Australia. The health economics stream of the program therefore includes a major training component to build capacity in the number of health economists working in the area of spinal cord injury.