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Associate Professor
Department of Social and Political Sciences

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Courses a.y. 2022/2023


Courses previous a.y.

Biographical note

Degree in Pharmacy at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. Master of Science (cum laude) in International Health Care Management, Economics and Policy, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy, in 2002.PhD in Economics and Management of Public Administrations, University of Parma, Italy in 2007.

Academic CV

Assistant Professor in Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management

Research Fellow at CERGAS.

Visiting Research Fellow at Centre for Health Economics, University of York, UK.

SDA Assistant professor - Area of Public Administration and Management.

Research areas

My research interests revolve around two main streams: (i) use and impact of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) on decision making in healthcare and (ii) methodological issues in estimating outcomes and costs of healthcare technologies/programmes/services. Some of my most significant scientific achievements concern the impact of economic analysis on decision making in healthcare and my focus has been on exploring different methodological approaches to the issue (both quantitative (i.e. surveys, experiments) and qualitative (interviews)). With reference to the second research stream, in my research I adopt a perspective which combines economics and management disciplines for evaluation of costs in healthcare.



In international peer-reviewed journals

Torbica A, Calciolari S. Fattore G (2015). Does informal care impact utilization of healthcare services? Evidence from a longitudinal study of stroke patients. Social Science & Medicine. 124; 29-38

Albiro G, Torbica A, De Allegri M. (2014) Eliciting community preferences for complementary micro health insurance: a discrete choice experiment in rural Malawi. Social Science & Medicine, 120:160-168

Sorenson C. Drummond M. Torbica A. Callea G. Mateus C. (2014) The Role of Hospital Payments in the Adoption of New Medical Technologies: An International Survey of Current Practice accepted for publication in Health Economics, Policy and Law 1-27

Tarricone R. Torbica A. Ferre F. Drummond M. Generating Appropriate Clinical Data for Value Assessment of Medical Devices: What Role Does Regulation Play? (2014) Expert Review of Pharmacoenomics and Outcome Research 14 (5), 707-718

Beresniak A, Medina-Lara A, Auray JP, De Wever, Praetf JC, Tarricone R, Torbica A, Dupont D, Lamure M, Durue G (2014). Validation of the Underlying Assumptions of the QALY Outcome - Results from the ECHOUTCOME European Project - Pharmacoeconomics  33 (1) 61-69

Torbica A, De Allegri M, Belemsaga DY, Medina-Lara A, Ridde V (2014). What criteria guide policy decisions on user fee removal for maternal healthcare services?  Results from a Best-Worst Scaling choice experiment in West Africa. Journal of Health Service Research and Policy Oct;19(4):208-15

Petrarca G, Fattore G, Torbica A (2014). Travelling for care: evidence about inter-regional mobility for aortic valve substitution in Italy –  Health Policy, 117 (1), 90-97

Torbica, A., Fattore, G., & Ayala, F. (2014). Eliciting Preferences to Inform Patient-Centred Policies: the Case of Psoriasis. PharmacoEconomics, 32, 209-223.

Angus, C., Scafato, E., Ghirini, S., Torbica, A., Ferre, F., Struzzo, P., et al. (2014). Cost-effectiveness of a programme of screening and brief interventions for alcohol in primary care in Italy. BMC family practice, 15, 26.

Calciolari, S., Torbica, A., & Tarricone, R. (2013). Explaining the Health Costs Associated with Managing Intracranial Aneurysms in Italy. Applied health economics and health policy, 11, 427-435.

Drummond M, Tarricone R, Torbica A. (2013) Assessing the Added Value of Health Technologies: Reconciling Different Perspectives. Value in Health, 16 pp S7-S13

Ghislandi S, Torbica A, Boriani G (2013).  Assessing the outcomes of implantable cardioverter defibrillator treatment in a real world setting: results from hospital record data. BMC Health Services Research, 13:100

Ciani O, Tarricone R, Torbica A (2012). Diffusion and use of health technology assessment in policy making: What lessons for decentralised healthcare systems? Health Policy ,20;108(2-3):194-202

Fattore G, Torbica A, Susi A, Aguzzi G, Benelli G, Gozzo M, Vito T (2012) The social and economic burden of stroke survivors in Italy: a prospective. incidence-based, multi-centre cost of illness study.  BMC Neurol, Nov 14;12(1):137

Torbica A. Fattore G. (2010) Understanding the impact of economic evidence on clinical decision making: a discrete choice experiment in cardiology Social Science & Medicine  May;70(10):1536-43

Tarricone R, Torbica A, Franzetti F, Rosenthal VD (2010). Hospital costs of central line-associated bloodstream infections and cost-effectiveness of closed vs. open infusion containers. The case of Intensive Care Units in Italy. Cost Eff Resour Alloc , 8(--):8

Torbica A. Cappellaro G (2010) Uptake and diffusion of medical technology innovation in Europe: What role for funding and procurement policies?. Journal of Medical Marketing 10: 61-69

Cappellaro G. Fattore G, Torbica A. (2009) Funding health technologies in decentralized systems: A comparison between Italy and Spain. Health Policy; 92(2-3):313-21

Gerzeli S, Torbica A, Fattore G (2009). Cost utility analysis of microprocessor controlled knee prosthesis in Italy.  European Journal of Health Economics; 10(1):47-55

Fattore G, Torbica A (2008). Cost and reimbursement of cataract surgery in Europe: a cross country comparison. Health Economics, 17(1 Suppl):S71-82

Fattore G, Torbica A (2006) Inpatient reimbursement system in Italy: how do tariffs relate to costs? Health Care Management Science 9:251-258

Fattore G, Torbica A (2006).  Economic evaluation in health care: the point of view of informed physicians. Value in Health, May-Jun;9(3):157-67   

Torbica A, Fattore G (2005). The Essential Levels of Care in Italy: when being explicit serves the devolution of powers. Eur J Health Econ,Suppl: 46-52

Italian peer-reviewed journals

Torbica A., Tarricone R., Calciolari S., Branca V., Gaini SM. Analisi dei costi del trattamento di aneurisma intracranico in Italia Pharmacoeconomics. Italian Research Articles 2009; 11 (1): 25-37

Torbica A. Tarricone R, Musi F. Analisi dei costi della procedura angioplastica coronarica per via transradiale in regime ambulatoriale in Italia. Economia e Politica del Farmaco 2008; 10

Fattore G, Torbica A. La valutazione economica in sanità: i decision-makers utilizzano gli studi?  Economia e Politica del Farmaco 2007; 9. 137-152

Fattore G, Torbica A. Il ruolo delle variabili organizzative nella diffusione dell’innovazione tecnologica:il caso dell'infarto miocardico acuto, Economia e Politica del Farmaco, 2006; 5: 35-46

Fattore G. Torbica A. Costi del trattamento della BPCO in Italia: un’applicazione del metodo bootstrap.  Pharmacoeconomics. Italian Research Articles 2005; 7:135-143


Book chapters

R. Tarricone, A. Torbica (2012). Costing and performance in healthcare management. In: Faltin, F.W, Kenett, R.S., Ruggeri, F.. Statistical methods in healthcare. p. 386-404, Wiley, ISBN: 9780470670156

P. Boscolo, O. Ciani, A. Torbica (2012). I processi di valutazione dei dispositivi medici e delle tecnologie sanitarie. In: Rosanna Tarricone. Politiche per la salute e scelte aziendali. Impatto sull'innovazione e diffusione delle tecnologie mediche. p. 159-186, EGEA, ISBN: 9788823843400

Fattore G, Torbica A (2010) Equità territoriale: definizioni, evidenze empiriche e politiche appropriate in Anessi Pessina E, Cantu E. (a cura di), L’aziendalizzazione della sanità italiana-Rapporto OASI, EGEA, Milano, 263-288

Carbone C, Jommi C, Torbica A (2006) Tariffe e finanziamento dell’innovazione tecnologica: analisi generale focus su due casi regionali (Emilia Romagna e Lombardia) in Anessi Pessina E, Cantu E. (a cura di), L’aziendalizzazione della sanità italiana-Rapporto OASI EGEA, Milano, 267-303

Otto M, Paruzzolo S, Torbica A (2004) Il governo regionale dell’assistenza farmaceutica: un quadro delle iniziative adottate nel 2003. in Anessi Pessina E, Cantu E. (a cura di), L’aziendalizzazione della sanità italiana-Rapporto OASI, EGEA, Milano, pp. 261-283