Beatriz completed her undergraduate in International Economics at the Public University of Navarre. She already showed her interest in health economics by doing an economic evaluation of the program of early detection of colorectal cancer for her undergraduate dissertation; guided by Dr. Juan Manuel Cabases. After two years of work experience in other sectors than academia, she decided to do her master's degree in Economics and Health Economics at the University of Sheffield. She worked with Dr. Simon Dixon on a cost-effectiveness analysis of Remifentanil intravenously administered patient-controlled analgesia versus Pethidine intramuscular injection for pain relief in labour (master’s dissertation). She is now working on a PhD, “What is the economic impact of mental health policies and services that are intended to reduce suicide rates?” with Dr. Rachel Elliot as her main supervisor.
Her research interests focus on healthcare policy evaluation, economic evaluation methods, applied econometrics, health technology assessment and mental health, among others.
PhD project description
Suicide is a major cause of death worldwide and its prevention is an international priority. Previous ground-breaking work by the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness, University of Manchester, has identified that mental health policies and services can reduce suicide rates. Whilst these services reduce suicide rates, they incur costs, so health care providers may be reluctant to pay for them. In the past, mental health services have not been well-funded and many commentators have highlighted the disparity in approach between people with physical and mental health problems as inequitable and unfair. NHS England has proposed that mental health should be put on a par with physical health, referred to as “parity of esteem”.
There is little evidence around the economic impact of mental health service and policy provision and this evidence is needed to direct resources efficiently to those services that may provide best “value for money”. It is likely that once a societal perspective is taken on the economic burden of suicide, these policies would be seen to be even more cost-effective.
Statistician, National Institute of Statistics10 Jan 2016
→ 13 Sep 2016
Accountant, ENISA15 Dec 2014
→ 10 Jan 2016
Economist, Public University of Navarra15 May 2014
→ 15 Aug 2014
Statistician, Volkswagen Navarre15 Jan 2014
→ 25 Jun 2014
Intern, Siesta Systems, S.L.15 May 2013
→ 15 Aug 2013