Adelina Comas-Herrera is a PhD student in the Department of Health Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is also a Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU).
She was co-author of the World Alzheimer Report 2016, which considered how to improve health care coverage for people living with dementia. She is also a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Guideline Development Group for Risk reduction guidelines for cognitive decline and dementia, and a consultant for WHO’s Department of Ageing and Life Course and the Interamerican Development Bank.
Adelina Comas-Herrera's main research areas are economic and policy aspects of the care, treatment and support of people with dementia, and long-term care financing. She is co-lead of the Strengthening Responses to Dementia in Developing Countries (STRiDE) project, a multi-national research project funded by the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund involving Brazil, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, and South Africa.
Previously, she has been working on the “Modelling Dementia” (MODEM) research project, which sought to estimate the impact, in terms of costs and quality of life, of making evidence-based interventions for dementia more widely available.
Title: “The use of economic concepts and evidence in dementia policy”.
Almost all presentations at global dementia policy events start with slides highlighting the enormous costs of dementia to society, used as an argument for the need for policy action in dementia. While this suggests that policymakers and advocates are paying at some attention to health economics (or at least cost of illness studies), the extent to which economic concepts and evidence have played a role in the development of dementia policies (other than as a justification for the need for action) is unclear.
Adelina Comas-Herrera's PhD will analyse the relationship between health economics evidence on dementia and policymaking. She will map the extent to which the existing economic evidence covers the key policy decision areas in dementia. She will then analyse dementia policy documents to identify and contextualise uses of economic concepts and evidence and, in three countries, she will study in depth the way in which economic arguments and evidence were used by different actors involved in the policy process.
Primary supervisor: Professor Martin Knapp
Secondary supervisor: Dr Justin Parkhurst