PhD scholarship in improving analytical methods in the economic evaluation of health care programmes

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Improving analytical methods in the economic evaluation of health care programmes: Methods to minimise bias in economic evaluations that use observational data.

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The increased use of economic evaluation in policy-making has encouraged rapid progress in the methods used in these studies.

There is a clear recognition that these evaluations require rigorous statistical and modelling methods.

This PhD will provide an opportunity for further methodological inquiry and training in analytical methods relevant to economic evaluation.

It will also involve close collaboration with colleagues in the Medical Statistics Unit who have considerable technical expertise in the areas described.

The focus of this PhD will be on Methods to minimise bias in economic evaluations that use observational data.

The best available evidence on the cost-effectiveness of interventions, particularly public health interventions, may come from non-randomised studies.

Here, the choice of statistical or econometric technique for estimating costs and cost-effectiveness may be crucial: taking a sub optimal approach may lead to seriously biased estimates and inappropriate inferences.

State of the art techniques for dealing with selection bias have been applied in medical statistics; careful consideration of how best to incorporate these approaches (for example propensity scores) into economic evaluation is now required.

This project will be based in the Health Services Research Unit, in the Department of Public Health & Policy.

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, an internationally renowned postgraduate institution for public health and tropical medicine, invites applications for Graduate Teaching Assistantships.

These represent a unique and exciting opportunity to undertake original research at doctoral level and to start an academic career through teaching.

Each Assistantship will provide funds for PhD tuition fees together with £14,000 per annum maintenance support for up to four years.

Students will be full-time, ready to start in September 2007 and are expected to complete PhD training within the period of the studentship whilst providing teaching assistance at Master’s level for 10 hours per week.

We are looking for outstanding candidates.

Teaching experience would be an advantage but is not essential as training will be provided to support the teaching requirements of the Assistantship.

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