Supervisors: A/Prof Patricia Valery (QIMRB) and Prof Elizabeth Powell (hepatologist, University of Queensland, Princess Alexandra Hospital)
- PhD project, may also be considered for a MPhil or Honours project
Australian data on the patterns of care of cirrhosis, the level of adherence to clinical guidelines, and patient outcomes for cirrhosis are limited. We are currently collecting data for a large cross-sectional study of people diagnosed with cirrhosis (over 300 patients have been recruited and interviewed to date). Through medical chart review the study will: (i) describe and compare treatment received against evidence-based guidelines; and (ii) examine the associations between: (a) clinical, socio-demographic, and hospital factors and adherence to clinical guidelines; and (b) adherence to clinical guidelines and patient outcomes (readmissions, death).
Relevant data collected through patient interviews will be available. The student will be involved in data collection (medical chart review) and data analysis. Interested students must have a clinical background (medicine or nursing). With this project, the student will gain experience in public health research, epidemiology, and statistics, particularly in the field of chronic liver disease.