Theme Phd Student
Christina-Jane graduated from the University of Southampton in 2013 with Biomedical Sciences (BSc) and has also gained her MSc in Health Economics at the University of East Anglia (UEA). After completion of her masters, she worked as a Research Associate at the UEA for a short time. She continues to study at the UEA and began her Health Economics PhD in January 2015 under the supervision of Professor Garry Barton, Professor Andrew Wilson, and Professor Tracey Sach. Her PhD is entitled: “Economics of asthma: estimating quality of life in people with asthma attacks”. This PhD has three main components where, firstly, a systematic review was conducted which explored the cost effectiveness of non-pharmacological asthma management interventions. Secondly, a prospective cohort study was designed and conducted to recruit participants who attended accident and emergency (A&E) or were admitted to hospital in Norwich, Birmingham and Aberdeen. The participants were asked to complete several different patient reported outcome measures which helped to estimate the loss in quality of life associated with an asthma-related crisis event (defined as A&E attendance or hospital admission). Thirdly, the validity and responsiveness of these measures used in the cohort study were assessed.