OHE Publications

OHE releases a number of publications throughout the year, authored by OHE team members and/or outside experts. All are free for download as pdf files; hard copies of some publications are available upon request.

A description of the OHE publications categories.


Culyer, A.

June 2009

In the UK and elsewhere, choices about how to allocate health care resources are guided not only by economic calculations, but also by social value judgments such as those relating to equity and fairness. Factors such as uncertainty around key values, operational feasibility and stakeholder interests also need to be considered. The question of how to combine these inputs is central to the field of health care decision making.

Mattison, N.

March 2009

Health technology assessment (HTA) has become a critical basis for pricing and reimbursement decision-making worldwide. In some countries, extensive requirements for data are set out in guidances or regulation and apply to all new prescription medicines; in others, HTA is required of industry or performed by payers only for therapies expected to be particularly costly.  Although the effect of HTA on spending for prescription medicines is studied often, far less attention is given to its effects on decisions about research and development in the biopharmaceutical industries.

Mestre-Ferrandiz, J.

May 2006

This Briefing discusses, inter alia, the role of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) in competition cases affecting the pharmaceutical industry. It does so in the context of a discussion of “ex ante” versus “ex post” approaches to regulation. This refers to the balance of reliance in a market on competition, sector specific regulation, and general competition law to deliver efficient outcomes.

Murray, C.

April 2006

Annual lecture by Christopher Murray, who speaks in the UK about the work on health systems performance assessment (HSPA) at the World Health Organization. He gives some reflections on this work and traces some implications for the UK. These reflections are based on five years of work involving a large number of researchers and policy analysts at WHO and in academic institutions around the world.

St. John, T., Leon, L. and McCulloch, A.

January 2005

I suspect most of us who have had anything to do with the issues surrounding young people’s mental health believe that resolving issues in early life is important to mental health and social functioning in later life. We might articulate this in different ways, and clearly any naive model will have counter evidence and counter examples. However, it seems clear that early vulnerability is predictive not just of mental health problems in later life but also of poor socialisation, criminality, lack of participation, relationship difficulties and so on.