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Creating guidance for costing methodology within clinical trials

Date: 10 October 2013, 9.30-4.45
Location: St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UJ
Organisers: University of Oxford: Professor Alastair Gray, Dr Sarah Wordsworth, Helen Dakin. 
University of Bristol: Dr Sian Noble, Dr Joanna Thorn.
University of Bangor: Professor Dyfrig Hughes, Dr Colin Ridyard

When economic evaluations are conducted alongside randomised controlled trials (RCTs), there is little guidance on which sources of unit costs should be used to value NHS resources.  As a result a variety of costing methodologies (including micro-costing, NHS Reference Costs and healthcare resource groups, HRGs) has been used in the literature. This variation makes comparisons of study results difficult and hinders improvements in trial methodology.

The aim of the workshop was to bring together researchers working on resource use costing methodology in RCTs. The workshop objectives are:
•    To raise awareness of work that is being done in costing methodology research;
•    To facilitate collaboration between groups undertaking similar methodology;
•    To learn about how NHS cost data are collected across the UK;
•    To discuss best practice and identify future research priorities in costing methodology.

The workshop was funded by MRC Network of Hubs for Trials Methodology Research.