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May 2021

Peer review paper reflects on the importance of cost of illness analysis

The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (impact factor [2019] 2.89, Editor Paul B. Tchounwou) recently published a commentary entitled ‘Reflections on the Importance of Cost of Illness Analysis in Rare Diseases: A Proposal’. HCD Economics are encouraged that the paper seeks to show how cost or burden of illness studies informs effective decision making on the allocation of healthcare resources towards the management of rare diseases. This finding is a core belief for HCD Economics and underwrites our research philosophy in partnership with patient advocates and the University of Chester.
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April 2021

Study undertaken in Ultra-rare paediatric disease

Data to be drawn from a descriptive, retrospective, cross sectional burden of illness study design developed by HCD Economics and University of Chester A peer-review manuscript published on 7th January 2021, in the journal ‘Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research’ (impact factor 2.032), reports on the study rationale and protocol of the PICTURE study. PFIC Burden of Illness: Quantifying the global socio-economic burden The PICTURE study will employ a study design developed by HCD Economics and University of Chester in 2014. Founded on the principle of Public and Patient Involvement and Engagement (PPIE), the methodology has generated real-world evidence that can inform and support advocacy for clinical implementation of new therapies including rare diseases.
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About us

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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