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  NIHR Leeds BRC: Incorporating patient and health care preferences early in the innovation pathway to inform technology development


   Faculty of Medicine and Health

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  Dr David Meads, Dr Paola Cocco  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

The resources and time required to move from early biomedical research to clinical trials can be substantial. Decisions made early on in the innovation pathway relating to the target and minimum acceptable technology properties (including design features, diagnostic accuracy, efficacy and price) are critical determinants of successful reimbursement, adoption and uptake. The target product profile (TPP) of new technologies will be determined by a combination of factors and will incorporate clinical and patient input. However, this input typically comes in the form of qualitative data. While this is important and valuable, it is difficult to translate such research directly into TPPs.

Stated preference techniques (e.g. best-worst scaling, discrete choice experiments) are increasingly being used to inform health care decisions and in the technology development process. They represent a range of survey techniques that seek to quantify respondent strength of preferences for different technology properties; willingness to trade-off between these attributes (e.g. risks vs benefits); willingness to pay; and the likely acceptance or uptake of the technologies.

This BRC PhD will identify suitable case study technologies in the programme and use stated preference techniques with health care staff and/or patients to quantify the preferences for different technology properties and to estimate their likely uptake. This preference data will be combined with economic modelling to optimise TPPs and technology development. The PhD student will gain skills in qualitative research, preference elicitation techniques and economic modelling.

Entry Requirements and How to Apply:

For more details about this project and how to apply please visit our website.

If you would like further information after visiting our website please contact Professor David Meads for project specific queries

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or the Faculty Admissions Team for help with the application process

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To support the application process or if you want to know more about our non-clinical PhDs a recording of our 2023 webinar can be found via the links below

**The deadline dates in the webinar are out of date but are correct in the stand-alone slide deck**

NIHR Leeds BRC Non Clinical PhD Scheme webinar - YouTube

with a copy of the slide deck used at

 Leeds BRC Non Clinical PhD Webinar FINAL updated slide deck March 24 - YouTube

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Funding Notes

The scholarship will provide academic fees at the UK rate, as well as a stipend of £18,622 (based on the 2023/24 stipend rate, pro-rata for part time study) for up to three years (full time study or five years part time) and is available for UK applicants only. Due to limited funding we can only consider applicants eligible to pay academic fees at the UK fee rate.

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