Declaration of interest regarding PhD project at The research unit for cardiology at the institute of clinical research, SDU, Denmark, 2022

The research unit for cardiology at the institute of clinical research is looking for applicants for an interdisciplinary PhD scholarship within the fields of public health, health economics, clinical epidemiology, quality of health care and inequality.

Qualification Details

We are looking for a person with a relevant degree with respect to the interdisciplinary fields mentioned above. You might have a background from public health, economics, political science or clinical research as long as you have strong quantitative skills and a strong interest in interdisciplinary research regarding the performance of the health care system.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The project addresses an untouched dilemma of how years of focus on centralization of sophisticated therapy, with good intentions for better clinical quality and patient outcomes, could have harmed both efficiency and inequality because patients with equal needs are not offered equal care. The consequences could be over- and undertreatment, life years lost, unnecessary costs and increased inequality in health. The aim of this project is to inform the management of a large and vulnerable patient population, which is at high risk to the downside of centralization and specialization: severe myocardial infarction (MI). The pathway typically starts with the pre-hospital and includes both specialized and non-specialized hospital care, rehabilitation, and aftercare by municipalities. The sophisticated, possibly life-saving technology of mechanical circulatory support (MCS) is available at university hospitals in the larger cities only. The system has sought to compensate for that by pre-hospital helicopters but neither the availability of MCS nor the coverage of helicopters have been settled due to patient need. The societal perspective and relevance of the project are that both lives and health care costs can be possibly saved while inequality is not worsened – a triple win. The project’s results can guide better management of a large and vulnerable patient population with several sector crossings but also facilitate recognition of the broader consequences of structural health care system planning, which is relevant for many other centralized, highly specialized therapies than MCS. The project is fully funded by a grant from the Danish Research Councils and a full project description is already developed and currently being pre-assessed by the PhD school.

How to Apply?

Application Method: online_applicationRef. No. -

Application Procedure

  • At letter stating the interest, motivation and qualifications for the project (max. 2 pages) - upload under “Application form”.
  • Detailed CV, including personal contact information
  • Certified copy of diploma (Master’s degree in a relevant field)

About the Department/Section/Group

The successful candidate’s office will be in the research unit for cardiology at OUH in a multidisciplinary environment. Within this environment a newly established group focusses on social inequality in access to care, quality of care and outcome of care. This smaller group is led by a professor in health economics and currently counts one postdoc with background from public health, one postdoc with background from economics, and two pregraduate students from public health along with clinical professors and PhD students with medical background. The project is further affiliated to the newly established frontline centre of excellence for Mechanical Circulation Support – MeCiSu – which further provides a dynamic and enthusiastic interdisciplinary group of colleagues with frontline expertise within the field of highly specialised technology for patients with severe myocardial infarction.

Note or Other details

The successful candidate will be later asked to send an application to the PhD Secretariat, Faculty of Health Sciences, to be enrolled as PhD students. The PhD programme will be carried out in accordance with Faculty regulations and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities (PhD order) The terms of employment as a salaried PhD Research Fellow are stated in the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).

Contact Details

Professor Rikke Søgaard Department of Clinical Research University of Southern Denmark (SDU) Mobile phone +45 28991387 E-mail: rsoegaard@health.sdu.dk