Research Assistant

University of South Wales - Faculty of Life Sciences and Education

The School of Psychology are looking to appoint a 0.6 FTE Research Assistant for a period of 6 months to work on an externally funded research project entitled "Economic Impact of Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)".

This collaborative project between the University of South Wales and the Office of Health Economics will estimate the economic burden of DCD. The project will utilise secondary data and additionally collect primary data to understand the burden that DCD imposes on the health, social care and education systems, and the wider societal cost, including lost productivity for both individuals with DCD and their carers.

Current data sources will be synthesised and any data gaps will be addressed using a survey users sourced from our research database and in conjunction with Dyspraxia Foundation. Using standard national reference costs and other unit costs the project will estimate the cost of inpatient and outpatient hospital care, primary care, social and respite care, educational support, treatment and management programmes, voluntary organisation help, lost productivity and benefits.

These costs will be summated and averaged, to provide an estimate for the average individual with DCD and then aggregated according to the prevalence of DCD, weighting for severity and symptom progression where possible, to estimate the annual economic cost of DCD to the UK.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the project in a number of ways: collect and collate data, data analysis, write-up of final report for The Waterloo Foundation and dissemination of findings.

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