Dec
2018

Making the Most of Budgets for Public Health Interventions

Quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) are a measure of the life expectancy of a patient, weighted by a quality of life score. Generally QALYs are calculated using a naive method which is inefficient and can introduce bias. An improved method uses the statistical technique of joint modelling.

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Jul
2014

Testing the Effectiveness of Treatments

Unex market the Pet Remedy product which is designed to provide relaxing and calming relief for pet stress. To support their product, Select helped to conduct a study to test the effectiveness of their treatment for dogs with behavioural issues.

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May
2013

Assessing the Accuracy of Tumour Measurements

Currently the effectiveness of anticancer therapies is primarily evaluated using the length of tumour. A study was performed to identify whether tumour volume measurements were a more accurate alternative in assessing therapy response with the overall aim of informing imaging protocols for use in clinical drug trials and clinical care.

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Feb
2013

Developing Medical Decision Tools

The decision to extubate intensive care patients is critical to the long-term recovery of patients. To assist clinicians in their decision, Select developed a statistical model that predicts the probability of a successful extubation based on information about the patient, such as the patient's ability to cough.

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Nov
2012

How to Measure Effectiveness of a Novel Device

To test the effectiveness of a new device designed to eliminate smoke in the surgical field, an experiment was designed that collected information on the clarity of view during the surgery. By analysing these data it was possible to detect a positive effect of the new device and compare the effectiveness relative to alternative methods.

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Oct
2012

Assessing Cancer Risk

Mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are known to lead to an increased risk of cancer in humans. Elective surgery can reduce the cancer risk, but is an incredibly difficult and personal decision for healthy patients to take. Statistical techniques can be used to produce a personalised risk profile with likely timescales of disease onset allowing a patient to make a more informed decision.

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