Health economics and health services management

Group members Research lines Articles Projects Other publications

Research line 1. Socioeconomic determinants of health

Analysis of health models, determinants and risk factors in the development of diseases. Demand of health and immigration. Gender equality in health. Other socioeconomic impact studies.


Research Line 2. Analysis and measurement of economic efficiency in healthcare

Analysis of the efficient use of health resources: human, material, technological (artificial intelligence, digital health...) etc. Analysis of the application of different management/decision models, innovation, organizational models and governance (Lean Management, continuous improvement, Six Sigma, etc.) in areas related to health (management, procurement, outsourcing...).

Assessment of health spending and funding (Economics of health expenditure). Our studies measure the social return on investment in health and its implications in other fields (public health, education, employment, consumption, etc).

Methodologies: DEA (Data envelopment analysis), HTA (Health Technology Assessment), bootstrapping techniques, SROI methodology (Social Return on the Investment), multicriteria analysis, etc.


Research Line 3. Pharmacoeconomics

Analysis of the pharmaceutical sector from a health, economic, and social perspective. Evaluation of drugs management and other related programs. Equity in access to health and pharmaceutical benefits of health administrations and organizations and equity in the access to pharmacotherapeutic innovation. 


Research Line 4. Economics of the mental health

Economic evaluation of mental diseases: direct costs of health services, non-health costs (informal care) and other indirect cost (loss of labor productivity, chronic disability, etc).

Economic Evaluation of assistance protocols (primary and hospital care) and outpatient support programs


Research Line 5. Health Econometrics, Habits and Quality of Life

Development of theoretical models and their application to help in the decision-making processes in health and social services.

Behavioral and prevention economics. 


Research Line 6. Economic analysis and public policy evaluation.

The evaluation of policies is a key factor to increase the efficacy and efficiency of public interventions. Application of different methods to the evaluation of public policies.


Research in Health Management Models to improve and assess efficiency and equity in health procurement.

Knowledge transfer through our Master, Expert and different Specialization Courses in Health Services Management at the University of Cantabria in collaboration with the Regional Ministry of Health.


Research Line 7. Geo technologies, health and spatial patterns analysis.

Application of Geotechnologies for the analysis of spatial patterns in health. 

Spatial analysis of health through a multi-scalding perspective based on geostatistical methods, sociodemographic and territorial multicriteria analysis, space-time models, development of thematic mapping and implementation of GIS-web tools for the dissemination of results.


Research Line 8. Health promotion and health education. Quality of life and support to address diversity. Economics of disability, dementia and dependency

Assessment of special sociodemographic and clinical characteristics of patients with cognitive and/or functional dependency.

Assessment of the impact of health innovations on the quality of life

Development of tools to evaluate disability and health taking into account several issues such as supports, self-determination and quality of life

Social responsibility and full personal development and health



All the lines above are currently being developed in several ways: Research studies, participation in national/international competitive projects, publication of articles in JCR journals, communications in national/international congresses and  activities related to scientific dissemination for the general public.  


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