Welcome to PATH

Path MembersThe Programs for Assessment of Technology in Health (PATH) Research Institute consists of multiple research programs in economic evaluation and health technology assessment (HTA).  PATH's educational and research activities are separated into 5 primary programs:  the Field Evaluation and Economic Assessment Program (FEEAP); the Health Technology Assessment Program (HTAP); the Trial and Economic Modelling Methodology Program (TEMMP); the St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH) Health Technology Assessment Appraisal & Review Program (SHARP); and the Health Technology Assessment Educational Learning Program (HELP). The PATH Research Institute is affiliated with the Centre for Evaluation of Medicines (CEM) at SJHH and the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University.

 For more information:

PATH Annual Report 2008 | PATH Annual Report 2009 | PATH Annual Report 2010 

PATH Annual Report 2011 | PATH Annual Report 2012

Current Career Opportunities:

Research Associate (Health Economics) in Health Technology Assessment

Upcoming Workshops:

HTA: From Theory to Evidence to Policy. A 3-day workshop to be held October 28-30, 2014 in Hamilton. 

Registration is closed.  Please email Donna Wilcockson @ wilcocks@mcmaster.ca to be placed on a waiting list.

Recent News

  • Congratulations! PATH faculty member, Daria O'Reilly has been awarded an Early Researcher Award by the Ontario government.  The award will support Daria's work around the cost-effectiveness of diabetes treatments. See the full story in the Daily News.
  • Congratulations to Carolina Alba, winner of the 2013 HRM Student Publication Award for her article Cost-effectiveness of Ventricular Assist Device Therapy as a Bridge to Transplantation Compared to Nonbridged Cardiac Recipients, (Circulation 2013;127:2424-35). This paper was supervised by Ron Goeree.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Morgan Lim for successfully defending her PhD thesis on July 9, 2013.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Daria O'Reilly on her promotion to Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University, effective July 1, 2013.

Recent Reports

Downloadable PDF available for reports - link provided following each citation.

  • Masucci L, Blackhouse G, Goeree R. Cost-effectiveness of the carbon-13 urea breath test for the detection of helicobacter pylori: an economic analysis. Ontario Health Technology Assessment Series 2013;13(20):1-28. pdf
  • Chambers A, Bowen JM. Electrical stimuation for drug-resistant epilepsy: an evidence-based analysis. Ontario Health Technology Assessment Series 2013;13(18):1-37. pdf
  • Bowen JM, Whelan JP, Hopkins RB, Burke N, Woods EA, McIsaac GP, O'Reilly DJ, Xie F, Sehatzadeh S, Levin L, Mathew SP, Patterson LL, Goeree R, Tarride JE. Photoselective vaporization for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia. Ontario Health Technology Assessment Series 2013;13(2):1-34. pdf

Recent Presentations

  • Ziolkowski N, Tsoi B, Thoma A, Campbell K, O'Reilly D, Goeree R. A Systematic Review/Meta-analysis of Tissue-expander/implant versus Autologous Abdominal Tissue Breast Reconstruction. Poster presentation at the Canadian Society for Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Calgary, AB, May 30-June 1, 2013. 
  • Bowen JM, O'Reilly D, Blackhouse G, Hopkins R, Campbell K, Nunes E, Goeree R.  Early Health Technology Assessment and Prospective Clinical Research: Setting the Stage. Invited presentation at the 4th Annual Knowledge to Policy Day. The Toronto Health Economics & Technology Assessment (THETA) Collaborative, Toronto, ON, May 29, 2013.
  • Tsoi B, Pullenayegum E, Blackhouse G, Goeree R. Cost-utility of Hypertensive Pharmacotherapies within the Angiotensin Receptor Blocker Class for the Management of Mild-to-Moderate Essential Hypertension in the Elderly. Poster presentation at the Faculty of Health Sciences Research Plenary, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, May 14-16, 2013.

Recent Publications

  • Diaby V, Goeree R.  How to use multi-criteria decision analysis methods for reimbursement decision-making in healthcare: a step-by-step guide. Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outomes Research 2014 Feb;14(1):81-99.
  • Guo Q, Thabane L, Hall G, McKinnon M, Goeree R, Pullenayegum E. A systematic review of the reporting of sample size calculations and corresponding data components in observational functional magnetic resonance imaging studies. NeuroImage 2014 Feb;86:172-81.
  • Rodseth RN, Biccard BM, Le MY, Sessler DI, Lurati Buse GA, Thabane L, Schutt RC, Bolliger D, Cagini L, Cardinale D, Chong CP, Chu R, Cnotliwy M, Di SS, Fahrner R, Lim WK, Mahla E, Manikandan R, Puma F, Pyun WB, Radovic M, Rajagopalan S, Suttie S, Vanniyasingam T, van Gaal WJ, Waliszek M, Devereaux PJ. The prognostic value of preoperative and postoperative B-type natriuretic peptides (BNP and NT proBNP) in patients having noncardiac surgery: a systematic review and individual patient data meta-analysis. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2014 Jan;63(2):170-80.
  • Angeles RN, Dolovich L, Kaczorowski J, Thabane L. Developing a theoretical framework for complex community-based interventions.  Health Promotion Practice 2014 Jan;15(1):100-8.