Population Data Science: Fully Funded Health Data Research UK PhD Scholarship: Use of Real-World Evidence in Health Technology Assessment for Multiple Long-Term Conditions (RS600)

Population Data Science: Fully Funded Health Data Research UK PhD Scholarship: Use of Real-World Evidence in Health Technology Assessment for Multiple Long-Term Conditions (RS600)

Health Data Research UK PhD Scholarship funded as part of the HDR UK Medicines in Acute and Chronic Care Driver Programme

This scholarship covers the full cost of tuition fees and an annual stipend of £19,237

Closing date: 12th May 2024

Project start date:

  • October 2024 (Enrolment open from mid-September)

Project supervisors:

  • Professor Rhiannon Owen (r.k.owen@swansea.ac.uk)
  • Dr James Rafferty
  • Professor Hamish Laing
  • Professor Keith Abrams (University of Warwick)

Mode of study: Full-time

Project description:

Healthcare decision-making has previously focussed on developing recommendations for single conditions. However, standardised care for each chronic condition in isolation can be inappropriate for individuals living with multiple long-term conditions known as multimorbidity, and may lead to unnecessary polypharmacy. This PhD studentship aims to develop a modelling framework to estimate the natural history of disease in individuals living with multiple long-term conditions using population-scale, linked, electronic health records from the Secure Anonymised Information Linkage (SAIL) Databank Wales Multimorbidity e-Cohort (Lyons et al, 2021). This approach will allow estimation of the potential adverse effects (such as hospitalisations) of drug-on-drug interactions for the treatment of multiple conditions and associated genetic, environmental, or demographic risk factors. Further this PhD project will compare the efficacy of different combinations of treatments used in people with multiple long-term conditions, and assess potential health inequalities.

Informal enquiries are welcome, please contact Professor Rhiannon Owen (r.k.owen@swansea.ac.uk).

For more information and to apply