Public Health & Physiotherapy Related Health Economics Group

Using state-of-the-art health economic (modeling) approaches, we conduct research aiming at a better understanding of the Cost-of-Illness of different disorders and to evaluate Cost-Effectiveness or Cost-Utility of public-health interventions and (new) physiotherapy-related treatment approaches.

People

Members

Alumni

  • Francesca Primani, PT, MSc
  • Nadia Mattman, PT, MSc

Collaborations

This group is working together with

  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Antwerp University
  • Institute of Health Economics at Bern University of Applied Sciences

Projects

Current projects

  • Cost-Effectiveness of different “Work Site Health Promotion” interventions
    PI: Nathanael Lutz, PT, MSc, PhD student
    Sponsor: Human Resources Department, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)
  • Cost-Effectiveness of physiotherapy interventions in patients with chronic stroke
    PI: Francesca Primani, PT, MSc
    Sponsor: Rehab Basel
  • Cost-Effectiveness of physiotherapy interventions in patients with urinary incontinence
    PI: Irène König, PT, MSc, PhD student
    Sponsor: Project submitted to Swiss National Science Foundation (in review)  

Completed projects

  • Cost-of-Illness in patients with chronic stroke
    PI: Francesca Primani, PT, MSc
    Sponsor: Rehab Basel
    Output: Master Thesis (Manuscript for publication in preparation)
  • Cost-effectiveness of stratification management versus current best practice in adults with non-specific low back pain - a systematic review and meta-analysis.
    PI: Nadia Mattmann
    Sponsor: none
    Output: Master Thesis (Manuscript for publication in preparation)
  • Cost-Effectiveness of a work site influenza vaccination intervention
    PI: Nathanael Lutz, PT, MSc, PhD student
    Sponsor: Human Resources Department, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)
    Output: Manuscript submitted (in review)
  • Cost-of-Illness in patients with overweight and obesity
    PI: Hens Wendy, PT, MSc, PhD
    Sponsor: Antwerp University (Belgium)
    Output: Manuscript published (see publications below)

Publications

Selected journal publications

  • Lutz N, Taeymans J, Ballmer C, Verhaeghe N, Clarys P, Deliens T. Cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit of worksite health promotion programs in Europe: a systematic review. Eur J Public Health. 2019 Jun 1;29(3):540-546. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/cky269. Erratum in: Eur J Public Health. 2019 Apr 1;29(2):380. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30608540
  • Koenig I, Moetteli C, Luginbuehl H, Radlinger L, Kuhn A, Taeymans J. Cost-of-illness in females with stress urinary incontinence living in a German speaking part of Switzerland. The Journal of Evidence and Quality in Health Care (submitted)
  • Lutz N, Deliens T, Peter C, Verhaeghe N, Taeymans J. Cost-of-illness in females with stress urinary incontinence living in a German speaking part of Switzerland. The Journal of Evidence and Quality in Health Care (submitted)
  • Hens W, Vissers D, Taeymans J, Verhaeghe N, Gielen J, Van Gaal L. Unsupervised exercise training cannot improve the metabolic health or phenotype over a 6-month dietary intervention: a randomised controlled trial with an embedded economic analysis. J Phys (submitted)
  • Hens W, Vissers D, Annemans L, Gielen J, Van Gaal L, Taeymans J, Verhaeghe N. Health-related costs in a sample of premenopausal non-diabetic overweight or obese females in Antwerp region: a cost-of-illness analysis. Arch Public Health. 2018 Jul 30;76:42. doi: 10.1186/s13690-018-0285-1. eCollection 2018. https://archpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13690-018-0285-1
  • Hens W, Vissers D, Annemans L, Gielen J, Van Gaal L, Taeymans J. Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Exercise in Addition to Diet on the Reduction of Ectopic Fat in Women with Overweight Study Protocol for a Randomised Controlled Trial. physioscience 2017; 13(02): 80-87 DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1567190
  • Taeymans J, Pfeiffer F. Health Economic Evaluations of Physiotherapeutic Interventions. physioscience 2017; 13(01): 9-16 DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1567152

Other

  • The research group organized a 3-day workshop about health-economic evaluations on invitation of Antwerp University - Faculty of Health Sciences (May, 2018).
  • The module of “Health Economic Evaluation of Physiotherapy Interventions” (Module responsibility: Dr. Jan Taeymans) of the MSc in Physiotherapy education program was nominated finalist for the 2018 ZHAW contest for best teaching.