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Research by Methodological Approach: Outcome measures and valuation


Chronic Headache Education and Self-management Study

Chronic headache, that is headache occurring on 15 or more days per month for more than three months, is a common problem, affecting around one in 30 of the population. There are three main types of chronic headache; migraine, tension type and medication overuse. There is very little information on the use of non-drug treatments or how to support people to manage their chronic headaches better (supported self-management). We want to develop and test a self-management support programme for people living with chronic headache comprising of individually tailored and generic components (the CHESS intervention). The programme will draw on the experience of people with chronic headaches to identify both what sort of interventions would be acceptable and what would be a meaningful benefit from the intervention.

A sub-study will also investigate different methods of health outcome measures that are currently being used and their suitability for measuring health outcomes in chronic headaches.

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HE: Stavros Petrou, Felix Achana PI: Martin Underwood

Childhood Utilities

Systematic review of health utilities in childhood

A common feature of most reviews of catalogues of health utilities has been their focus on adult health states or derivation of values from adult populations. More generally, utility measures in or on behalf of children has been constrained by a number of methodological concerns. The objective of this study was to conduct the first comprehensive systematic review and meta-analysis of primary utility data for childhood conditions and descriptors and to determine the effects of methodological factors on childhood utilities. A manuscript reporting on early results has been submitted for publication

HE: Stavros Petrou