Improving measures of treatment outcomes and cost-effectiveness in MS

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Elizabeth Goodwin

University of Exeter


About the project

Quality-adjusted life-year (QALY) is a measure used in the UK to assess the outcomes and cost-effectiveness of treatments for a variety of conditions. QALYs are commonly used for allocating healthcare resources, such as recommendations by NICE that determine which drugs should be available on the NHS. This project aims to broaden the perspective of current QALY measures to include self-reported fatigue and the wider societal impact of MS on people’s lives. For example, issues related to employment decisions, social activity and informal care. Many of these factors are currently poorly informed in existing QALY measures.

How will it help people with MS?

This research will improve the measurement of factors that impact on quality of life for people with MS. It could help the NHS to make more informed decisions around the funding of treatments for MS. This could in turn help ensure that current treatments are appropriately available and that new or future therapies are assessed in a more suitable manner for people with MS.

The difference you can make

We want all licensed treatments for MS to be available on the NHS to everyone eligible for them, but ineffective measures of treatment outcomes and cost-effectiveness can stand in the way of this.

The next research breakthrough is in reach

Your donation will help stop MS.

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£30could process one blood sample, giving researchers crucial information about genes and the immune system.

£50could pay for an hour on a microscope, so scientists can study cells and tissue in greater detail and improve their understanding of the biology of MS.

£100could pay for half an hour of MRI use, so researchers can monitor the success of clinical trials and understand MS in more detail.

Every penny you give really does take us a step closer to stopping MS. Your donation will make a difference.

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£10a month could pay for lab equipment like microscope slides to study the building blocks of MS

£20a month could pay for lab equipment like petri dishes to grow bacteria important for studying genetics

£30a month could process a blood sample to help us understand what causes MS, so we can stop it in its tracks

Your regular donation means we can keep funding world class MS research with confidence. Together we will stop MS.

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