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A Genuine Challenge for Humanity in the 21st Century

Professor Paul Kind, University of Leeds, led the International Centre for Health Economics, Management and Policy seminar at the HSE St Petersburg.

A large number of specialists in the field of health economics, medical HEI professionals, directors of social organisations, academics from various universities all attended Professor Kind’s seminar Measuring health outcomes: a genuine challenge for humanity in the 21st century.

Health Economics is a relatively new area of study. It began to take shape as an independent subject for research at the beginning of the 1970s. Paul Kind is one of its ‘founding fathers’ making it his humanitarian and research mission to describe quality of life with the use of various approaches in medicine. The demonstration of instruments a health economist has to hand is valuable in itself for seminar participants as they can be used as a basis for reckoning the effect of introducing new types of treatment, prescribing new medicines and technologies.

Another significant thing happened at the seminar, connected with the history of the International Centre. Professor Kind presented the collective, gathered together for the first time, with the structure of the fundamental research of health economics and laid out a guide to its aims.

About Professor Paul Kind

Besides his role as leading international health economics academic at the HSE in St Petersburg, Paul Kind is Professor of Health Outcomes Measurement at Leeds University, UK. He has more than three decades of experience developing models to measure health outcomes using clinical and economic evaluation methods and is a founder member of the EQ-5D approach to measuring health outcomes.