Health research: measuring the social, health and economic benefits

Frank, Cyril; Nason, Edward
March 2009
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;3/3/2009, Vol. 180 Issue 5, p528
Academic Journal
The article offers information on the methods implemented which are utilized to assess return on investment for health research in Canada. These were the top-down econometric calculation which evaluates the contributions of health research in enhancing life expectancy and quality of life and payback model which records outcomes of health research. It presents the different issues that poses challenges in measuring return on investments in health research, including failure to determine the benefits offered by health research, efficiently assessing impacts and identification of impacts to be measured. Information on the method developed by the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences to enhance impact evaluation of health research is also provided.


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