Quality of Care of Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease in New Zealand and Impact on Quality of Life
Primary Supervisor: Associate Professor Michael Schultz, Gastroenterologist, Department of Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago
Co-supervisors: Associate Professor Sarah Derrett, Health Services Researcher, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago
Dr Trudy Sullivan, Health Economist, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine and the Dean’s Department, Dunedin School of Medicine
Level: PhD – this is a project suitable for a PhD student with a background in health research and preferably a good understanding of New Zealand’s health care system.
The proposed research focuses on New Zealanders with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and is supported by Crohn’s and Colitis New Zealand. Australia and UK have standards of care for IBD (e.g. High Quality Clinical Care, Local Delivery of Care, Maintaining a Patient-Centred Service, Patient Education and Support, Data, Information Technology and Audit, Evidence-Based Practice and Research). We seek to:
- determine whether care in New Zealand meets international standards
- understand patients’ experiences of health services
- describe patients’ quality of life (e.g. health, wellbeing, participation and socioeconomic status) in relation to IBD services
- identify strategies for improving care.