Cost & Value in Healthcare

Established in December, 2016, the Research Exchange Group on Cost and Value in Healthcare brings together partners from government, academic institutions, the health system, and the broader community who share an interest in improving cost-efficiency and promoting better value in healthcare.  The group aims to promote knowledge exchange, to build local research capacity, and to encourage the use of evidence-based decision making for this important issue in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Research Exchange Group on Cost and Value in Health Care fosters research collaboration and knowledge exchange among partners from community organizations and programs, educators, practitioners, health system officials, government partners, students, and academic researchers.

Fall 2020 Meetings Schedule

Please mark your calendars for the following meetings of the Research Exchange Group on Cost and Value in Healthcare for Fall 2020. All meetings will be held by webinar. For details, contact

September 22, 2020 | 3:00pm-4:30pm NST | Unintended Consequences: the electronic medical record, physician mental health and burnout |Dr. Gerard Farrell

October 20, 2020 | 3:00pm- 4:30pm NST | Virtual healthcare in the age of COVID-19: physician and patient perspectives | This meeting will bring primary care providers together with patients and caregivers to talk about their experiences either providing or receiving healthcare in a variety of virtual healthcare settings. | Facilitated discussion

November 24, 2020 | 3:00pm-4:30pm NST | The cost of pharmaceuticals: cost-benefit analyses for new medications, implications of long-term prescription use, and considerations for Canadian drug policy |Dr. Hai Van Nguyen

December 15, 2020 | 3:00pm – 4:30pm NST | Therapeutic Cannabis: In the absence of evidence, what’s the guidance? | The group will discuss policy considerations for therapeutic cannabis use, safe supply, clinician and patient perspectives on cannabis use, and what will be needed to guide physician advice to patients who are experimenting with cannabinoids and other cannabis products to self-treat a variety of conditions and symptoms. | Facilitated discussion

We look forward to re-connecting with you this semester.

Previous Meetings

Group Objectives

The group has identified the following as its key objectives:

  • Informing health policy to reduce costs and increase value in healthcare;
  • Reviewing research in progress/existing research literature on cost and value in healthcare; and
  • Building research teams on issues identified by the group and looking for research funding to support their work.
  • Networking with peers
  • Examining best practices around the world
  • Looking at collaborative research to examine challenges in healthcare
  • Identifying programs that have been a good use of healthcare dollars.
  • Ensuring that any new health care initiatives include evaluative components to assess new programs

Proposed Research Themes

Ethics and Access will be considered sub-themes of each of the five topics below:

  1. Determining the appropriateness of services and care being delivered (e.g. prescribing, screening, testing, procedures)
  2. Identifying administrative, clinical and service delivery innovations
  3. Accelerating cost saving and cost-effective health technology solutions
  4. Patient/Citizen engagement (e.g. in addressing gap between spending, appropriateness and outcomes)
  5. Linking social determinants of health with specific health care policy and care delivery solutions


Newfoundland & Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research

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