Challenge Session Overview


The challenge sessions are open to any groups or individuals that have developed a diabetes simulation model whose primary purpose is capture economic outcomes (e.g. QALYs). 

There will be three challenges at Mt Hood 2020:

1.    Quality of life Challenge – which will similar to Mt Hood 2018 challenge and will allow models that have made any changes re-run the same simulations to document the impact on outcomes;

2.    Costing Challenge – this will involve looking at same interventions and reference patients as used in the Quality of Life Challenge, but looking at costs of complications and the impact of other unrelated medical costs. 

3.    Cost-effectiveness Challenge -  this will build on the results of challenges 1. and 2. to explore the implications for cost-effectiveness analysis of hypothetical therapies.

Please use the attached to register you model by 31 March 2020.

Participation in publications  arising from the meeting

In the past several groups participating in the conference have collaborated on a subsequent publication. Involvement in the publication process is on a voluntary basis and involves acceptance of the following principles:      

i. No team can block publication of the paper except because of concerns related to scientific soundness — e.g., the data collection, analyses and presentation were done incorrectly.

Concerns related to policy, management, or scientific implications are not grounds for a co- author to block publication. If a majority of Team members believe the paper should be published based on sound science, the paper will move forward. Every reasonable effort should be made by the Leader and others to reach a consensus on moving forward with a


ii. Teams may voluntarily remove themselves from the project, and from co-authorship, at any point if they no longer have time for the project or they disagree with some aspect of the project or paper. If a Team voluntarily leaves the project or is asked to leave because they

are opposed to the paper being published, the Team and Chair of Mt Hood Steering Committee will need to discuss with the dissenting member if his/her contributions can still be used, and perhaps described in the Acknowledgements, or if their contribution will have to be removed from the paper.