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Developing a condition-specific preference-based measure of health-related quality of life in heart failure (WhittyMEDOct2020)

Project Description

This is an exceptional opportunity for a highly motivated candidate to study for a PhD at the Norwich Medical School, UEA. The successful candidate will develop new approaches to value health-related quality of life in people with heart failure and to use this information in the economic evaluation of heart failure interventions. The project will be undertaken in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of researchers and clinicians from UEA, the James Paget University Hospital, the University of Sheffield and Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, and people with heart failure and their families, who have a shared interest in improving the lives of people with heart failure.

Applicants should have a background in health or social care economics, an applied health or social care field, psychology, biostatistics, health sciences or another relevant area. The successful candidate will be based within the Health Economics Group, Norwich Medical School. The Health Economics Group sits within the Public Health and Health Service Research Theme at UEA, which supports around 90 researchers and research students.

The studentship will provide comprehensive research training in a range of research methods used to value health outcomes, including discrete choice experiments. Previous experience with the collection of data via surveys and/or the management and analysis of quantitative data sets would be an advantage.

UEA is proud of its active and vibrant research culture, attracting highly qualified applicants for Postgraduate study from around the world. UEA offers a supportive environment for PhD students, with ample opportunity to participate in workshops, conferences and seminar events. Regular Postgraduate workshops host a wide range of visiting experts and speakers.

Contact Professor Jennifer Whitty for further information: +44 (0)1603 593536

Type of programme: PhD
Start date: October 2020
Mode of study: Full-time
Studentship length: 3 years

Entry requirements;
First degree in economics; medicine, nursing or another applied health or social care field; health sciences; psychology; mathematics/biostatistics or another area justified to be relevant.
MSc with strong health economics component (desirable)

Funding Notes

This PhD project is in a Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences competition for funded studentships. These studentships are funded for 3 years and comprise of Home/EU fees, a stipend of £15,009 and £1000 per annum to support research training. Overseas applicants may apply but are required to fund the difference between home/EU and overseas tuition fees (in 2020-21 the international fee is £19,100 for lab based projects and £15,700 for non-lab based projects but fees are subject to an annual increase).


i) Rankin J, Rowen D, Howe A, Cleland JGF, Whitty JA. Valuing health related quality of life in Heart Failure: A systematic review of methods to derive quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) in trial-based cost-utility analyses. Heart Failure Reviews 2019 [Accepted 22 Feb 2019; In Press]
ii) Whitty JA, Fraenkel L, Saigal CC, Groothius-Oudshoorn CGM, Regier DA, Marshall DA. Assessment of individual patient preferences to inform clinical practice. The Patient 2017; 10(4):519-21. DOI 10.1007/s40271-017-0254-8
iii) Sav A, McMillan SS., Kelly F, King MA, Whitty JA, Kendall E, Wheeler AJ. The ideal healthcare: Priorities of people with chronic health conditions and their carers. BMC Health Services Research 2015; 15:551 DOI 10.1186/s12913-015-1215-3
iv) J Kanesarajah, M Waller, JA Whitty, GD Mishra. The relationship between SF-6D utility scores and lifestyle factors across three life-stages: Evidence from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health. Quality of Life Research 2017;26(6):1507-19
v) Project funded by NIHR CLAHRC East of England. Investigators: JA Whitty, Helen Hall, Justin Zaman, Teresa Ferreira, Helen Scott. Valuing Health Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) outcomes in heart failure: the valuable study. Oct 2018 to Mar 2019.

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