Queen's University  
Ana Johnson

Opportunities for Students

Students interested in working on topics related to health economics, decision-making, and health policy have unique opportunities for using various data sets capturing elements of each of these topics.  Alternatively, students can also collect their own data.


Opportunities for MSc, PhD and post-doctorate research in end-of-life health economics and health policy:

  • Cost effectiveness analysis of Advance Care Planning in elderly patients from the perspective of the health care system.
  • Cost utility analysis of Advance Care Planning in elderly patients from the societal perspective.
  • Developing evidence-based policies for the implementation of Advance Care Planning among elderly patients with life-threatening illness.
  • Comparing the level of satisfaction with end-of-life communication and decision-making between patients who have engaged in Advance Care Planning and those who have not.
  • Development and validation of a decision-making tool that includes long-term outcomes to assist frail elderly patients at or near the end of life in making decisions related to admission to an intensive care unit and the use of life support machines.
  • Cost-utility analysis of 12-month survival and quality of life in patients aged 80 and older following critical illness.
  • Developing evidence-based policies for optimizing end-of-life care in elderly patients.

    For more information on research areas, please see the Realistic 80 and  ACCEPT studies on the following web site:


Additional topic areas:

  1. Economics and Policy issues related to improving cancer outcomes by optimizing the accessibility and quality of radiotherapy in Canada

  2. Projects associated with health economics and health policy with the new Pharmacoepidemiology and Economics Research Unit (ICES-Queen's)

  3. Developing database infrastructure for examining the transferability of clinical trials from the clinical setting to usual care

  4. Costs of randomised equivalence trial comparing three month and six month follow up of patients with hypertension by family practitioners

  5. A pilot project to evaluate cost-effectiveness of public health interventions to reduce HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

  6. An economic evaluation of reamed and nonreamed intramedullary nails in patients with tibial shaft fractures

  7. Bayesian cost-effectiveness analysis of HIV prevention: developing a Bayesian method for computing credible intervals for economic evaluations

  8. Economic impact of HIV prevention on sexually transmitted diseases: performance of a cost-effectiveness analysis on a community-level sexual behaviour risk reduction intervention that was implemented at multiple locations in the U.S.

  9. Demonstration projects for the efficient allocation of HIV prevention resources: a resource allocation project with New York and Minnesota as pilot sites

  10. A decision-making framework for prioritizing health technology assessments:  providing a new decision-making framework for prioritising health technology assessments and pilot testing it in the context of regional and health authorities in Canada

  11. HIV & Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) intervention research for young men in prison: conducting an economic evaluation of HIV and STD intervention for young men in prison