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March 2021

HCD Economics plays a role in informing the future of decision making in NASH

The coreNASH: Multi- stakeholder Consensus on Core Outcomes for Decision Making About Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis Treatment has announced publication of the work of the coreNASH panel. Leonardo Ruiz-Casas, Principal Health Economist, at HCD Economics is a member of the panel. The paper is published in the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease Journal, Hepatology Communications. The paper is available now.
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January 2021

Spanish Healthcare Policy challenged by new study

A new study has just been published in the Human Resources for Health Journal. Author and HCD Economics colleague, Dr. Idaira Rodriguez Santana, undertook the research as a PhD student studying at the UK Centre for Health Economics at University of York. The study concludes that a reform intended to enhance the professional and career prospects of Spanish medical students on graduation with respect to international graduates is flawed. The results identified that the reform led to a widening of the gender gap among Spanish medical specialists. Specifically the reform had the unintended consequence of reducing the probability of Spanish female doctors accessing highly demanded specialities thus exacerbating the gender gap.
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HCD was created out of an alliance with University of Chester, charities and health service sectors in reponse to the ever-growing demand for economic analysis within healthcare and specifically the need for health economics and business intelligence within the public and third sectors.

Through these partnerships, HCD provides a unique insight and perspective, focusing our analyses on what matters to patients as well as decision-makers, all undertaken with academic rigour, independence and credibility.

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Our Process

We have created core partnerships with University of Chester and leading patient charities that underpin our approach.

Higher education

Academia has a leading role to play in providing an independent, credible evidence-base as well as evaluating current and new ways of delivering healthcare.


Our partnerships with patient charities ensure that any analyses we undertake reflect the day-to-day realities of living with a particular condition.


We apply primary or secondary real world data sources depending on research needs and questions. From ethically reviewed burden of illness studies and bespoke service primary data, to secondary sourced disease registries and episode statistics.

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