Award for Casper Webers

14 October 2016

Poster Award for Casper Webers

Poster award for Casper WebersOn 30 September Casper Webers won the Poster Award for his poster titled 'Valuing treatment with infliximab for ankylosing spondylitis using a willingness-to-pay approach'. The award was granted during the closing ceremony of the annual meeting of the Dutch Society for Rheumatology and was accompanied by a check worth €750.

Classically, the effects on medical interventions on health of patients with inflammatory rheumatic diseases are assessed by patient reported outcomes that address disease specific health domains. A 'Willingness To Pay' (WTP) is an alternative approach to value the overall improvement of health due to the treatment. In a hypothetical situation where patients should contribute financially to continue
treatment, 74% of patients were willing to contribute. The majority of the remainder patients objected to the idea of co-payments. The WTP as well as amount willing to pay were related to the health benefits patients had experienced. As such, a WTP approach offers an interesting valuable alternative approach to value health benefits.

Casper Webers is a 2nd years PhD candidate at the department of Rheumatology and his research is embedded in the research line Functioning & Rehabilitation.