The cost effectiveness of ivabradine in the treatment of chronic heart failure

June 19, 2014

Source: Heart, 2014, 100 (13) p. 1031-6

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Date of publication: July 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This economic evaluation assessed the cost-effectiveness of ivabradine from the perspective of the UK National Health Service, based on the results of the SHIfT trial. Ivabradine is expected to have a 95% chance of being cost-effective in the EU-licensed population using the current NICE cost-effectiveness threshold of £20,000 per QALY.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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The cost effectiveness of ivabradine in the treatment of chronic heart failure

March 17, 2014

Source: Heart Online First

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Date of publication: March 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This economic evaluation suggests that use of the drug ivabradine for heart failure (HF) is cost-effective for patients with HF.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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Economic Analyses of the Be Fit Be Well Program

September 11, 2013

Source: Journal of General Internal Medicine, e-pub ahead of print

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Date of publication: June 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This is a cost-analysis of a two-year moderate intensity weight loss and hypertension management programme. The ‘Be Fit Be Well Program’ involved 365 hypertensive and obese participants in three community health centres in the USA.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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NHS Health Check: new Ready Reckoner tools

July 13, 2012

Source: NHS Health Check eBulletin, June 2012

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Date of publication: June 2012

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:  The PCT tool identifies the potential service implications, benefits and cost savings resulting from implementing the NHS Health Check programme and has been updated with the latest ONS population data. An additional tool based on Local Authority boundaries has also been developed.

Length of publication: 1 web page plus links to tools

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National Audit of Cardiac Rehabilitation: annual statistical report 2011

November 8, 2011

Source: National Audit of Cardiac Rehabilitation (NACR) and British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication:  October 2011

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This is the fifth such annual audit of CR programmes and patient outcomes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. There is continued increased participation in CR programmes, although 3 out of every 5 eligible patients still do not access the serviceCR programmes are cost-effective in reducing cardiac mortality, promoting self-management and quality of lifeThe evidence is increasing that CR also reduces unplanned hospital admissions,  potentially leading to considerable savings for the NHS.

Length of publication: 48 pages

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Acknowledgement: British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR)


A 3-year lifestyle intervention for adults at moderate to high risk of cardiovascular disease

August 15, 2011

Source: Evidence-based medicine, 2011, 16 (3) p. 70-71

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Date of publication: June 2011

Publication type: Commentary

In a nutshell: This is a commentary on a previous article, which argued for increased resources for prevention in primary care through lifestyle changes, using cost-utility anyalsis for economic evaluation.

Length of publication: 2 pages

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Tool for GPs predicts public health savings to NHS

August 10, 2011

Source: GPonline.com

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Date of publication: 4 July 2011

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A toolkit has been developed by the National Social Marketing Centre, in conjunction with NICE and the Department of Health. It is designed to indicate the health gains and cost effectiveness of interventions such as those aiming to reducing levels of alcohol consumption, obesity, smoking, etc. 

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Statin treatment for primary prevention of vascular disease

April 11, 2011

Source: BMJ, 2011, 342 (7801) p.811

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Date of publication: April 2011

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: Cost-effectiveness analysis of daily treatment of low-dose statins for primary prevention of vascular disease based in the Netherlands, including current prices and the cost of non-adherence. Calculations showed that statins for primary prevention did not seem to be cost-effective in populations at low risk of vascular disease. Adherence to statin treatment needs to be improved.

Length of publication: 9 pages

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Investments that work for physical activity

March 9, 2011

Source: British Heart Foundation National Centre physical activity and health

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Date of publication: February 2011

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Seven evidence-based ‘best investments’ to increase population-wide participation in physical activity; the aim being to significantly reduce the risk from inactivity of various non-communicable diseases, including heart disease.

Length of publication: 1 web page plus associated document

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Acknowledgement: Global Advocacy for Physical Activity (GAPA)


National exercise proven to be cost effective in Wales

December 8, 2010

Source: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

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Date of publication: 16 November 2010

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: The Welsh National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS) was introduced in 2007, replacing local schemes. Research and evaluation by Cardiff and Bangor universities shows it to be cost-effective in helping people reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as CVD.

Length of publication: 1 web page

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Quality of life and cost-effectiveness of a 3-year trial of lifestyle intervention in primary health care

December 7, 2010

Source: Archives of Internal Medicine, 13 September 2010, vol 170 no 16, pp 1470-1479

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Date of publication: September 2010

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This Swedish study of 151 patients over 3 years, demonstrated clear and cost-effective impact of group-based lifestyle interventions on quality of life (QOL) in patients at moderate to high risk of CVD. The researchers performed health economic evaluation, cost-utility analysis and cost-effectiveness using the net monetary benefit method.

Length of publication: 10 pages

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Australian study shows how to get best value from preventive measures

October 11, 2010

Source: University of Queensland, School of Population Health

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Date of publication: September 2010

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: The University of Queensland, Brisbane, and Deakin University, Melbourne, have published an evaluation of preventive measures to improve health. The Assessing Cost Effectiveness (ACE) of Prevention Study aims to provide governments with a blueprint for investment in cost-effective prevention and the reduction of wasteful spending. It argues that huge health gains could be achieved by taxing unhealthy foods, imposing higher taxes on tobacco and alcohol, and limiting levels of salt in food such as bread, cereals and margarine, among other recommendations.

Length of publication: 122 pages

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