Contact person:
Helena Fransson
  • Malmö University
  • The Knowledge foundation
Responsible at MaU:
Helena Fransson
Collaborators :
  • Thomas Davidson – Linköping University
Time frame:
01 September 2018 - 31 August 2023
Research environment :
Research subject:

About the project

Resources for the provision of health care are always limited, since they are never sufficient to completely satisfy all needs. Health economic evaluation is a set of formal methods to analyze resource use and outcomes of interventions such as examinations, prediction, prevention and treatment, often in terms of cost-effectiveness. Evidence for the cost-effectiveness of methods that have been in use in oral healthcare for a long time is, however, low and studies are required to address this deficiency in regard to predictive tools for caries and periodontitis.

The project will focus on one main research question:
What is the cost-effectiveness of tools to predict caries and severe periodontitis?

The research questions will be addressed through a set of key actions:

  1. Investigating how costs or cost-effectiveness were evaluated of methods and multivariable models for prediction of caries and periodontitis using a systematic review
  2. Evaluating cost-effectiveness of contemporary tools to predict caries and severe periodontitis
  3. Analysing cost-effectiveness of newly-developed tools to predict caries and severe periodontitis.

The evaluation of cost-effectiveness includes both analyses of costs and effects. The costs will be analysed using a framework for cost-analyses developed for diagnostic methods in oral healthcare. The effects will be based on other parts of the Foresights research project. Finally, cost-effectiveness will be analysed using a simulation model that will be able to synthesise and extrapolate various data for a long time horizon, relevant for a decision maker.