Professor Jonathon Karnon

Field of Research: 
Stream 3
Discipline of Public Health
University of Adelaide
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Jon Karnon is a professor of health economics at the University of Adelaide. He has led a large-scale study that analysed the cost-effectiveness of practice nurses in relation to the management of chronic conditions in primary care, including obesity. His area of expertise is economic evaluation, in particular around the use of decision analytic modelling, and the analysis of observational data to identify and evaluate variation in clinical practice.


His recent publications include

Karnon, J., Afzali, H.H.A., Gray, J., Holton, C., Banham, D., Beilby, J. A risk adjusted cost-effectiveness analysis of alternative models of nurse involvement in obesity management in primary care (2013) Obesity, 21 (3), pp. 472-479.

Karnon, J., Caffrey, O., Pham, C., Grieve, R., Ben-Tovim, D., Hakendorf, P. and Crotty, M. Applying risk adjusted cost-effectiveness (RAC-E) analysis to hospitals: Estimating the costs and consequences of variation in clinical practice. Health Economics 2013; 22: 631–642. doi: 10.1002/hec.2828

Pham, C., Caffrey, O., Ben-Tovim, D., Hakendorf, P., Crotty, M., Karnon, J. Evaluating the effects of variation in clinical practice: a risk adjusted cost-effectiveness (RAC-E) analysis of acute stroke services. BMC Health Services Research 2012; 12 (1); 266. doi:10.1186/1472-6963-12-266

Afzali, H.H.A, Karnon, J., Merlin, T. Improving the Accuracy and Comparability of Model-Based Economic Evaluations of Health Technologies for Reimbursement Decisions: A Methodological Framework for the Development of Reference Models. Medical Decision Making 2012; 33; 325-332

Afzali, H.H.A, Karnon, J., Gray, J., Beilby, J. Evaluation of collaborative models of care in the management of patients with depression: Protocol and progress (2012) Mental Health in Family Medicine, 9 (2), pp. 91-97.

Afzali, H.H.A., Karnon, J., Gray, J., Beilby, J.A model-based evaluation of collaborative care in management of patients with type 2 diabetes in Australia: An initial report (2012) Australian Health Review, 36 (3), pp. 258-263.

Laurence, C.O., Black, L.E., Karnon, J., Briggs, N.E. To teach or not to teach? A cost-benefit analysis of teaching in private general practice (2010) Medical Journal of Australia, 193 (10), pp. 608-613

Dormandy, E., Gulliford, M., Bryan, S., Roberts, T.E., Calnan, M., Atkin, K., Karnon, J., Logan, J., Kavalier, F., Harris, H.J., Johnston, T.A., Anionwu, E.N., Tsianakas, V., Jones, P., Marteau, T.M. Effectiveness of earlier antenatal screening for sickle cell disease and thalassaemia in primary care: Cluster randomised trial (2010) BMJ (Online), 341 (7779), art. no. c5132


His recent grants/research studies include:

2009 - 2012       Evaluating the long-term costs and benefits of complex community-based initiatives, Funding body: Australian Research Council

2011                  Evaluation of a new model of service delivery to reduce hospital transfers from residential aged care facilities, General Practice Network South


For more information on Professor Karnon, please go to his website.