Department of Applied Health Research, Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, UCL
Supervisors names and email addresses:
1) Manuel Gomes firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Fiona Aspinal email@example.com
Deadline: 27/03/19 2pm
Interviews: w/c 08/04/19
Implications of digital health innovations on the demand, use, cost and experiences of health and social care services
Digital health innovations, for example in the form of text messages, mobile applications, wearables, social media and interactive web platforms are increasingly used to improve population health. These innovations have the potential to provide effective and cost-effective approaches for the management of long-term conditions (e.g. hypertension), facilitating preventive care (e.g. promotion of healthy behaviours) and providing wider access to effective treatments (e.g. internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy). Most of the literature in this area has focussed on whether the specific digital health interventions improve patient’s outcomes and clinical practice, i.e. whether the intervention works. However, considerably less attention has been given to potential intended and unintended effects of digital innovations on the demand, use, cost and experiences of health and social care services.
This research would build on the ongoing NHS England Test Beds programme by evaluating digital technologies to support patients with long-term conditions; HealthUnlocked. HealthUnlocked is a social network providing peer-to-peer support for patients, caregivers and health advocates, sharing their experiences of conditions, symptoms, treatments and health services. The PhD would involve secondary analysis of existing routinely-collected data, such as linked primary, secondary and social care, and council administrative data, to evaluate the impact of these technologies on the demand and use of health and social care services. It would also include qualitative exploration of patient, carer and provider experiences. This research involves collaboration with Nuffield Trust, Care City and East London Health and Care.
This PhD project provides opportunities for undertaking quantitative (health economics) analysis and qualitative exploration of the impact of digital health innovations on the use of health and social care services.
Project-specific skills and experience required:
– Skills in quantitative analysis using standard statistical software (e.g. R or STATA).
– Experience or training in qualitative and mixed-methods work.
Experience with implementing and/or evaluating digital health innovations.
CLAHRC Research area: Innovation and Implementation Science
Start date: 01/10/19
Duration: 3 years, full time
Enquiries email name and address:
For general enquiries, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For project specific queries, please contact: Dr Manuel Gomes email@example.com