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NPEU at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Social Medicine (SocSocMed), 5th to 7th September

Mary Kroll and Neora Alterman will be presenting their research at this year's Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Social Medicine in Glasgow this week.

Mary will talk about survival of preterm babies in England and Wales and present findings from her study which explored whether the chances of survival after preterm birth differ between ethnic and socio-economic groups.

Neora's talk will explore evidence for the association between mode of delivery and childhood wheezing.

If you'll be attending the conference please come and say hello.

Sarah Chamberlain wins runner-up innovative poster award

Sarah Chamberlain is the Graphic & Multimedia Designer for the Unit and we are very proud to announce that she has won the runner-up prize for ELFIN: Save the date in the catergory Research Poster: Innovative Design award at the OxTALENT2018 awards.

Congratulations Sarah! 

NPEU Researcher to give seminar at the Office of Health Economics in London

On 29th March 2018, Senior Health Economist Oliver Rivero-Arias will be presenting an OHE Lunchtime Seminar: Valuing Children’s Health for Economic Evaluation.

Economic evaluations of treatments for children have primarily used adult preferences when estimating health benefits. Recent work has demonstrated that using adult values to inform preferences for health states experienced by children or adolescents is not appropriate, and this has raised doubts about the validity of such economic evaluations. Eliciting preferences to be used to inform decisions about health care for younger populations is challenging and presents the questions of whose values should be collected and from which perspective.

In this presentation, Oliver will report the results of two valuation exercises for a child-specific health-related quality of life instrument, comparing preferences elicited from adolescents and adults in the UK and Spain.  

If you are attending the seminar, please say hello.

Trials that matter… BUMPES


The BUMPES trial has been featured on the MoreTrials website in the ‘Trials that matter’ series. BUMPES was led at the NPEU by Ed Juszczak, Pollyanna Hardy and Oliver Rivero-Arias as part of a multicentre collaborative group. Women who had received an epidural anaesthetic were randomised to either an upright or lying down position in the second stage of labour. The primary outcome of the trial was spontaneous vaginal birth.

Women in the lying down group had significantly better chance of spontaneous vaginal birth, and no disadvantages were apparent on the short or longer term for both mother and baby.

You can read more about the BUMPES study in the British Medical Journal.

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