My interest in health economics came about during my undergraduate studies in Stirling. My undergraduate thesis looked at the economics of prescription charging using Scottish Information Services Division (ISD), Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) data.
In my MSc thesis I developed further my interest in health economics and investigated the impact that disability legislation has on employment outcomes for the elderly. This project really deepened my enthusiasm for the use of longitudinal datasets to investigate health and economic outcomes for different populations.
My PhD work is focused around the interactions between health care and social care, in particular taking a quantitative perspective on these interactions. I plan to look in detail at the costs of care at the end of life and how usage of health care and social care change towards the end of life. I also want to investigate the overprescribing of drugs to the elderly in Scotland and what the implications of this are. Another issue I hope to address is the differences, in terms of health, wellbeing and resource use, between elderly people who live alone and those who live with a spouse, partner or family. My research uses a unique, Scottish, linked health care and social care dataset. I also plan to further inform my research with the current project I am working on, Healthy AGeing In Scotland (HAGIS).
To sum up my main research interests are: longitudinal economic analysis; health economics; the economics of ageing; the economics of social care; health and social care interactions.