Masters dissertation project

I am finalising an exciting dissertation for my Masters in Data Science, Technology and Innovation.

I am hoping to look at understanding clinical pathways and identifying variations and predictors of clinical outcomes. Rather than focussing on diagnoses or on a specific clinical pathway, I will focus on symptoms (for example, breathlessness). I am also exploring opportunities to analyse and link up datasets across different care settings and organisations.

Key questions I will be exploring:

1. What are the different pathways for the patients presenting with the specific symptoms and which are the common ones?

2. What are predictors of entering each of these pathways – including demographics, prescribed medicines, co-morbidities, and prior healthcare utilisation?

3. How do outcomes from these pathways vary in terms of healthcare investigations, utilisation (e.g. outpatient activity, readmissions) and harms (including mortality)?

4. How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected these pathways including treatment activities and patient outcomes?

More details soon!