Journal article

Should prioritising health interventions be informed by modelling studies? The case of cancer control in Aotearoa New Zealand

Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Jennifer Summers, Amanda C Jones, Anja Mizdrak, Nhung Nghiem, Cristina Cleghorn, Tony Blakely

NEW ZEALAND MEDICAL JOURNAL | NEW ZEALAND MEDICAL ASSOC | Published : 2021

Abstract

In this viewpoint, we suggest that policymakers should prioritise health interventions by using evidence around health gain, impact on equity, health-system costs and cost-effectiveness. We take the example of the new cancer control agency in New Zealand, Te Aho o Te Kahu, and argue that its decision-making can now be informed by many methodologically compatible epidemiological and health economic analyses. These analyses span primary prevention of cancer (eg, tobacco control, dietary and physical activity interventions and HPV vaccination), cancer screening, cancer treatment and palliative care. The largest health gain and cost-savings from the available modelling work for New Zealand are s..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This BODE3 modelling work has been supported by the Health Research Council of New Zealand (Grants 10/248 and 16/443) and by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) (Grant UOOX1406). The authors thank all former and current colleagues in BODE3 for contributing to the body of work referred to in this article.