Including Cost Assessment in (Clinical) Research: Methods and Applications in Tuberculosis

Monday, September 25, 2023 16:00to17:00


Jonathon Campbell, PhD

Assistant Professor | Department of Medicine | Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences |McGill University

Where: Hybrid Event | 2001 McGill College, Room 1140; Zoom &

NOTE: Dr. Campbell will be presenting from 5252 boul. de Maisonneuve, 3rd Floor, Kitchen 3B


Despite being a fundamental consideration in the adoption and implementation of health interventions, costs are often neglected during research studies and generally only considered "late in the game" - if at all. Failure to consider costs prior to implementing health interventions may lead to inefficient allocation of resources—a critical concern in health systems constrained by resource scarcity. In this talk, I will attempt to demystify the process of considering the costs of health interventions, describe different approaches to their measurement, and provide an example of a tuberculosis cost assessment and how it could be leveraged for decision-making.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the relevance of cost assessments to different areas of health research and their importance in overall decision-making;
  • Understand the different approaches to estimating costs of health interventions and how and when to apply them;
  • Describe the differences in costs of caring for different forms of tuberculosis and how they can be used to support decision-making.

Speaker Bio

I am an assistant professor in the Departments of Medicine & Global and Public Health at McGill. My research centers on generating evidence to inform the design and implementation of novel tuberculosis prevention and care strategies that maximize public health impact, while minimizing health system and patient costs. My primary aim is to optimize identification and treatment of tuberculosis infection to prevent progression to tuberculosis disease, with a particular focus on prevention among persons born outside of Canada—a population disproportionately impacted by tuberculosis.

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