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Second-eye cataract surgery research by SHTAC to be presented at the iHEA 11th World Congress, Milan 2015

Published: 14 July 2015
Surgery for cataracts
Would second-eye cataract surgery be cost effective in the UK?

Results from a recently completed SHTAC research project on the cost-effectiveness of second-eye cataract surgery will be presented by Dr Keith Cooper at a major international conference on health economics.

Dr Cooper a Senior Research Fellow at SHTAC, will be presenting research at the International Health Economics Association (iHEA) 11th World Congress on the 14th July at Bocconi University in Milan, based on an NIHR HTA Programme funded project investigating the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of second-eye cataract surgery.

The presentation ‘Would second-eye cataract surgery be cost effective in the UK?’ gives the results of a systematic review of the clinical and cost-effectiveness and health related quality of life. The project investigated whether replacing the lens in the second eye provides enough further benefit to be considered worthwhile by patients and cost-effective for the NHS. Based on the best available evidence, economic analyses tested with a range of scenarios and assumptions show that second-eye cataract surgery would likely be considered cost-effective in the NHS.

The conference will showcase work spanning all aspects of health economics and nutrition.

The report commissioned by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) HTA programme is freely available from the NIHR Journals Library.

For more information on SHTAC’s research into eye diseases please visit our Research page.

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