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RG Outcome assessment and health economics


Senior Lecturer

Dr. Jan Böhnke


University of Dundee | Nethergate | Dundee | Scotland, UK DD1 4HN



This research group is led by Jan R. Böhnke and works at the interface of psychological assessment, health economics, and health-related quality of life measurement. It provides a space for interdisciplinary thinking and research design, integrating clinical, psychometric, and health economic perspectives for mental health research and practice. The goal of the research group is to use such interdisciplinary perspectives in practice-facing applications and evaluation designs that tackle real-world problems in prevention and treatment of mental health problems. The group draws on a range of contributing methodological approaches such as randomised controlled trials, program and health economic evaluation, epidemiology, decision modelling and contemporary multivariate approaches to latent variable modelling. Findings are used for service development, quality assurance and feedback applications, and personalisation of interventions within and outside service contexts. They contribute to a robust evidence-base firmly rooted in practice settings.

On a systems level, the research group is interested in societal perspectives on the consequences of illnesses as well as interventions aimed at preventing or remediating them. The research group is particularly interested in global perspectives on this topic. Differences in policies, health systems, payment regimes, interpretations of symptoms, and relevance of markers of (health-related) quality of life impact significantly on the viability and acceptability of interventions. Therefore, they need to be integrated into research and practice.

The research group interacts with researchers at the CIHM, particularly in the areas of public mental health, health service research, and intervention development. Locally, the group is involved in the exchange with the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health. The research group functions also as a connecting point between international collaborative networks and consortia, such as the NIHR-funded Global Health Research Group IMPACT in South Asia and the DIAMONDS project, addressing challenges of mental and physical multimorbidity; the Leibniz Science Campus Ruhr "Health care challenges in regions with declining and ageing populations", investigating the degree and consequences of fragmentation of mental health care; the "Education for Wellbeing Programme" hosted at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families; the "People Health and Communities" research group at the University of Dundee, aiming at improving outcomes for some of the world’s most prevalent (long-term) health conditions; and the "Response Shift – in Sync Working Group", developing a revised conceptual framework for interactions between outcome assessment and patient experience (led from Amsterdam UMC, NL and U Nantes, FR).


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