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Characteristics and predictors of overtreatment in the UK - analysis of electronic primary care records

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

BACKGROUND: Overtreatment not only exposes patients to unnecessary risks of side-effects and complications, but also wastes limited healthcare resources. The aim of this doctoral thesis will be to investigate overtreatment in the UK, describe the extent of overtreatment, identify the general practice and patient predictors of overtreatment and develop indicators/ strategies to reduce overtreatment.

Examples of overtreatment (or overuse) include: prescription of medications, overtreatment of chronic disease, overuse of surgical interventions and overuse of diagnostic tests.

METHOD: The study will review existing evidence on overtreatment and undertake a number of retrospective cohort study analyses of a large anonymised database of electronic primary care records. This doctoral thesis will, therefore, develop and make use of skills in epidemiology and statistical analysis and in the handling of large datasets. While the candidate can decide to focus their research on any area of overtreatment that can be investigated using a primary healthcare dataset, an interest prescribing or in the ear, nose and throat conditions would be an advantage.

Person specification
Applicants should hold or realistically expect to obtain at least an Upper Second Class Honours Degree (or equivalent for international applicants) in:
• a health (e.g. pharmacy), health economics or social science subject and have skills in data analysis
• a relevant subject that includes substantial analytic skills such as statistics, economics, mathematics or computing science, but have a demonstrable interest in health and health care.

To apply, please send:
• A Detailed CV, including your nationality and country of birth;
• Names and addresses of two referees;
• A covering letter highlighting your research experience/capabilities;
• Copies of your degree transcripts;
• Evidence of your proficiency in the English language, if applicable.

Applicants will be required to attend an interview. This can be conducted face –to –face, by telephone or skype

Funding Notes

Self-funded students only

No scholarships available


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