Decision models are becoming more and more complex in order to better represent the underlying clinical conditions and to provide more and better insight to decision makers. New methodological techniques around decision modeling are being developed which rely heavily on statistical and mathematical techniques (e.g. model calibration, value of information, evidence synthesis). Current commercially available software can be limiting as they sometimes provide limited flexibility in embedding such statistical techniques within a decision model framework.

R is an open-source software that provides a flexible environment where advanced statistical analyses can be combined with decision models of varying complexity within the same framework and the results can be presented in publication-ready tabular and graphical forms. The fact that R is freely available also improves model transparency and reproducibility.

The Child Health Evaluative Sciences (CHES) department of the Hospital for Sick Children, in collaboration with The Decision Analysis in R for Technologies in Health (DARTH) workgroup and the Leiden University Medical Centre, will be providing a 2-day workshop on decision modeling using R June 7th & 8th, 2018 in Leiden, The Netherlands. Petros Pechlivanoglou, PhD, a scientist at CHES, together with Eva A. Enns, PhD, Fernando Alarid-Escudero, PhD, both from the University of Minnesota, Hawre Jalal, PhD, from the University of Pittsburg, and Eline Krijkamp, MSc, from Erasmus University, will guide participants on building probabilistic decision trees, Markov models and microsimulations, creating publication-quality tabular and graphical output and will provide a basic introduction to value of information methods and model calibration using R.

Participant Experience

Participants will be expected to have some experience with decision modeling and to be able to grasp basic concepts of economic evaluation. Participants are also expected to be familiar with R. For those with little or no experience in R, we will be providing an extra, one-day "Introduction to R for Decision Modellers" on Wednesday, June 6th, 2018 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm CET. 

Should you wish to register for this day, there is an option to do so on this site as you register for the full course. 


  • When

  • Thursday, June 7, 2018 - Friday, June 8, 2018
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Central Europe Time

  • Where

  • Location TBD

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