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Improving the measurement and valuation of health-related quality of life in heart failure (WhittyJU19SF)

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 measure and value health-related quality of life in people with heart failure. The project will be undertaken in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of researchers and clinicians from UEA, the James Paget University Hospital, the Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) East of England, and the University of Sheffield, as well as people with heart failure and their families, who have a shared interest in improving the lives of people with heart failure.

The research would be applicable to people with an academic 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 with other PhD students at 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 PhD will use a variety of research methods such as systematic reviews and discrete choice experiments to value health outcomes. Previous experience with survey research and management or 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

For more information on the supervisor for this project, please go here:

This is a PhD programme.

The start date of the project is either April or July 2020.

The mode of study is full-time. The studentship length is 4 years (3 years period of study, 1 year period of registration).

Please note: applications are processed as soon as they are received and the project may be filled before the closing date, so early application is encouraged.

Funding Notes

This PhD project is offered on a self-funding basis. It is open to applicants with funding or those applying to funding sources. Details of tuition fees can be found at View Website

Entry requirements:

Acceptable 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.

The standard minimum entry requirement is 2:1.

MSc in health or social care related area or health economics (desirable).


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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