PhD Scholarship: Hybrid Health Systems Simulation Modelling: Controlling Healthcare-associated Infections

University of Strathclyde

The University of Strathclyde is offering a PhD scholarship in the following area:

Hybrid health systems simulation modelling: controlling healthcare-associated infections

Scholarship Details

3 year scholarship covering Home/EU fees plus a stipend of approximately £14,533

Project details

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) pose a serious risk for patients and providers, increasing morbidity, mortality, and length of stay as well as costs to patients and the health system. An estimated 55,500 (one in 13) adults in acute care settings in Scotland suffer from at least one HAI annually, and in 2014, HAIs were estimated to cost the NHS in Scotland £137 million annually. The threat of multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs) causing HAIs, which are often associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality and for which few or no treatment options exist, exacerbate this burden. Detecting and containing outbreaks of MDROs causing HAIs is complicated since their transmission is largely unobservable. Furthermore, once MDROs are introduced in a healthcare setting they tend to spread and persist because of the presence of vulnerable patients, medical procedures, and selective pressure by high antibiotic use. As the healthcare system is an interconnected ecosystem where patients encounter multiple providers both within and across facilities, assessing the effectiveness of interventions, as well as their costs and cost-effectiveness, requires understanding this wider system. To address this issue, the aim of this project is to develop a hybrid simulation framework to provide support to decision-makers involved in controlling HAIs.

Application deadline:

28th February 2018

Further details and how to apply:

Contact Us

Informal enquires to Dr Itamar Megiddo:

or Professor Susan Howick:

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