Inequalities in costs associated with perinatal care: the potential of administrative data

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Inequalities in costs associated with perinatal care: the potential of administrative data

Title of Project

Inequalities in costs associated with perinatal care: the potential of administrative data

Name of Advisor/s

Emily Callander

College

College of Public Health, Medical & Veterinary Science; Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine

Summary of Project

The opportunity to access administrative data and link different datasets from multiple sources has created a unique opportunity within academia to track patient journeys through the healthcare system - without ever having to contact or recruit patients. By linking Admitted Patient Hospital records and the Perinatal Data Collection with Medical Benefit Schedule and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme records for mums who gave birth across Queensland, a model of patient healthcare use and the associated costs can be created. To date, there has been no estimation of costs associated with birth from the individual’s perspective and any estimation from the health system’s perspective has utilized aggregated data and averaged health service use and none have utilized individual level data, which allows inequalities in costs to be identified.

Key Words

Perinatal, Midwife, Birth, Health Economics, Inequalities, Social Determinants of Health

Would suit an applicant who

Has basic experience with statistical analysis or quantitative research, and an interest in developing a specialization in health economics.