Institute of Health and Wellbeing at The Glasgow Academy Health Week

Researchers from the Institute of Health and Wellbeing hosted a public engagement morning with around 200 P3 and P4 pupils at The Glasgow Academy in May as part of the pupils’ Health Image of craft tree with balloonsWeek. The Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment (HEHTA)  team presented ‘The Health Minister’s Dilemma’ in a child-friendly format and combined this with a thought-provoking ‘Value Tree Exercise’, measuring quality of life, giving the pupils an insight into the decision-making processes involved in health economics. Researchers from the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit delivered their ‘Health and the City’ game, which encourages participants to think about ways of improving housing, transport, safety, and the environment within its model city. The activities were aimed at introducing the idea of trade-offs/prioritisation when allocating resources with a fixed healthcare budget and understanding what aspects of healthcare the children would choose to fund, when presented with a number of options.

First published: 31 July 2017