American Statistical Association
New York City
Metropolitan Area Chapter

Virtual Short Course
March 3, 2023

The New York Metro Area Chapter of the American Statistical Association

Is Pleased to Invite You to a Virtual Short Course

Statistical Topics in Outcomes Research:
Patient-Reported Outcomes, Meta-Analysis, and Health Economics


Joseph C. Cappelleri (Pfizer Inc)
Thomas Mathew (UMBC)


Based in part on the recently published co-edited volume Statistical Topics in Health Economics and Outcomes Research (Alemayehu et al.), this short course recognizes that, with ever-rising healthcare costs, evidence generation through health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) plays an increasingly important role in decision-making about the allocation of resources. This course highlights three major topics related to HEOR, with objectives to learn about 1) patient-reported outcomes, 2) analysis of aggregate data, and 3) methodological issues in health economic analysis. Key themes on patient-reported outcomes are presented regarding their development and validation: content validity, construct validity, and reliability. Regarding analysis of aggregate data, several areas are elucidated: traditional meta-analysis, network meta-analysis, assumptions, and best practices for the conduct and reporting of aggregated data. For methodological issues on health economic analysis, cost-effectiveness criteria are covered: traditional measures of cost-effectiveness, the cost-effectiveness acceptability curve, statistical inference for cost-effectiveness measures, the fiducial approach (or generalized pivotal quantity approach), and a probabilistic measure of cost-effectiveness. Illustrative examples are used throughout the course to complement the concepts. Attendees are expected to have taken at least one graduate level course in statistics.

Instructors' Biography

Joseph C. Cappelleri, PhD, MPH, MS is an executive director in the Statistical Research and Data Science Center at Pfizer Inc. He earned his M.S. in statistics from the City University of New York (Baruch College), Ph.D. in psychometrics from Cornell University, and M.P.H. in epidemiology from Harvard University. As an adjunct professor, Dr. Cappelleri has served on the faculties of Brown University, University of Connecticut, and Tufts Medical Center. He has delivered numerous conference presentations and has published extensively on clinical and methodological topics, including on regression-discontinuity designs, meta-analyses, and health measurement scales. He is lead author of the book Patient-Reported Outcomes: Measurement, Implementation and Interpretation and has co-authored or co-edited four other books (Phase II Clinical Development of New Drugs, Statistical Topics in Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Design and Analysis of Subgroups with Biopharmaceutical Applications, and, most recently, A Practical Approach to Quantitative Validation of Patient-Reported Outcomes: A Simulation-Based Guide Using SAS). Dr. Cappelleri is past president of the New England Statistical Society, elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), elected recipient of the Long-Term Excellence Award from the Health Policy Statistics Section of the ASA, and elected recipient of the ISPOR Avedis Donabedian Outcomes Research Lifetime Achievement Award.

Thomas Mathew, PhD, is Professor, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). He earned his PhD in statistics from the Indian Statistical Institute in 1983, and has been a faculty member at UMBC since 1985. He has delivered numerous conference presentations, nationally and internationally, and has published extensively on methodological and applied topics, including cost-effectiveness analysis, bioequivalence testing, exposure data analysis, meta-analysis, mixed and random effects models, and tolerance intervals. He is the co-author of two books Statistical Tests in Mixed Linear Models and Statistical Tolerance Regions: Theory, Applications and Computation, both published by Wiley. He has served on the Editorial Boards of several journals, and is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of Multivariate Analysis, and Sankhya. Dr. Mathew is elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association, and elected Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. He has also been appointed as Presidential Research Professor at his campus.

Date and Time
Friday, March 3, 2023
12:00 - 3:30 P.M. (US ET)

Virtual via Zoom

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