CCHE Seminar Series: Creating a reference policy model and making it accessible to the world

Mohsen Sadatsafavi
University of British Columbia

Friday April 16, 2021, 10am-12pm, Zoom

Abstract: Decision-analytic models that inform health technology assessment (HTA) are often created once for every adoption decision. This piecemeal approach has been criticized due to duplicate efforts, inconsistent assumptions, and risk of stakeholder influence. Further, these models often end up collecting dust on their creators’ desktop once the analysis is done. Reference policy models have been advocated as an alternative that brings consistency, objectivity, and transparency to this process. Given the significant resources that are spent in creating such models, it is even more important that such models are shared with stakeholders. In this two-part presentation, 1) I will talk about one such effort, the creation of Evaluation Platform In COPD (EPIC), a Canadian reference policy model for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. 2) I will talk about (and demonstrate) Programmable Interface for Statistical & Simulation Models (PRISM), our cloud-based platform that makes computer simulation models accessible to stakeholders from all walks of life.

Mohsen Sadatsafavi, MD, PhD, is an epidemiologist and health economist and Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He leads the Respiratory Evaluation Sciences Program (, a program of outcomes research dedicated to asthma and COPD. For his work, he has received salary awards from multiple sources including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.