Asking about understanding in choice surveys

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Asking about understanding in choice surveys
Half of health researchers doing choice surveys (known as discrete choice experiments) ask respondents if they understood the survey. However, only around half of these go on to analyse the answers or use the results. This variation in practice was identified in a survey of health researchers, published today/recently in the journal Value in Health ...

Transitioning from Early-Career Researcher to Mid-Career Researcher

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Transitioning from Early-Career Researcher to Mid-Career Researcher
Recently I’ve been thinking about the transition from being an early-career researcher (ECR) to a mid-career researcher (MCR). Six months ago I finished my UTS Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, which funded me for three years at the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation. The idea of these fellowships is to transition early career researchers into ...

Disseminating my research

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Disseminating my research
Publication in a peer-reviewed journal is no longer sufficient – research findings need to be disseminated more broadly to ensure (and demonstrate) that they have impact. This means that once I’ve submitted an article for publication I immediately start working on the dissemination plan (if I haven’t already done it as a form of ‘productive ...

Practical resources for analysing your first DCE

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Practical resources for analysing your first DCE
  I’m relatively new to discrete choice experiments and have really enjoyed learning about the different analysis approaches and techniques used. It is such a rapidly evolving field and there is always something new to learn. While there is a lot happening to push the boundaries, I’ve recently been helping a couple of people with the ...

Health economics and occupational therapy

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I attended the Australian Occupational Therapy Conference last week, for the first time in nearly 15 years! I went to support some OT’s I’ve been working with on an economic evaluation, but it was lovely to catch up with friends and colleagues from my OT life before health economics. I also realised there wasn’t much ...

11 questions to help you work with a health economist

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11 questions to help you work with a health economist
As part of developing the ‘Integrating Health Economics In Clinical Research’ Workshop held in Vancouver in Feb 2019, we decided it would be useful to have a session on ‘how to work with a health economist’. This was because many of us had the experience of being contacted at the last minute to ‘add a ...

Best Health Services and Policy Research Papers – 2018 Award winner

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Best Health Services and Policy Research Papers - 2018 Award winner
I was thrilled to be awarded the Overall winner of the 2018 HSRAANZ Best Health Services and Policy Research Paper last night. These awards recognise the best scientific works in the field health services and policy research. The award was for my paper on cancer-related lost productivity in the developing countries Brazil, Russia, India, China ...

Cancer is about more than health: work and leisure after cancer

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Cancer is about more than health: work and leisure after cancer
This is a guest blogpost by Marjon Faaij, who I was delighted to supervise for her Master of Pharmacy research project.  We made a great team – Marjon had a personal interest in the impact of cancer on daily life, and I had access to some data about cancer survivorship through the PROFILES registry. Even better, because ...

1 in 5 people with cancer report financial difficulties

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More than 20% of people with cancer in the Netherlands report financial difficulties as a result of their cancer care. If they are unemployed, this goes up to over 25%, as found in a paper published today in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship. Dr Alison Pearce, the lead author on the study explains “People often ...

My experience of mentoring

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My experience of mentoring
I have been asked a few times recently to give presentations on my experience of mentoring as an early career researcher. I have been lucky to have had a number of formal and informal mentoring experiences over the last 10 years, and some have been more successful than others. I’ve been mentored by bosses, colleagues ...