New PhD studentship available: 'Choosing wisely in dentistry'

PhD Studentship: ‘Choosing Wisely in Dentistry: To Dis-invest or Re-invest?’

A PhD studentship (UK students only) is available for a project on 'Choosing Wisely in Dentistry: To Dis-invest or Re-invest?’ The funded PhD project at the University of Dundee will be supervised by Dr Heather Cassie from the University of Dundee Dental School and Professor Jan Clarkson (University of Dundee), Dr Beatriz Goulao (Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen) and Dr Dwayne Boyers (Health Economics Research Unit, University of Aberdeen).  

Recent studies have identified areas of dental activity which provide minimal clinical benefit, but are valued highly by patients. The Choosing Wisely programme was developed to encourage communication between patients and healthcare professionals to prevent unnecessary treatment. However, there are potential benefits and risks around decisions to dis-invest and re-allocate resources. One tool which can aid these decisions is the priority setting framework, Programme Budgeting and Marginal Analysis (PBMA).

The project will apply and evaluate the use of PBMA to improve the efficiency of resource allocation decisions (de-implementation and re-investment) in the context of primary dental care in Scotland.

The study can be tailored to the student’s specific skills and interests; however, an interest in health economics and public health would be beneficial.

There are more details of the project, the funding, and how to apply at the advert on the FindaPhD site. To discuss the project, contact the first supervisor, Dr Heather Cassie, or Dr Dwayne Boyers at HERU to discuss health economics aspects of the project.

The closing date for applications is Friday 10th June 2022, 5pm.

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