Dr Samantha Groves
Research and Operations Assistant
Swansea Centre for Health Economics
Telephone: (01792) 606504

Sam has a PhD in management group decision processes in health-related decision settings, and a BSc in Psychology with Criminology – both from the University of South Wales. Her interest in health services research began during her PhD studies when she researched the judgement processes of NICE Guidance Development Groups (GDGs). She joined the Health Economics & Policy Research Unit at the University of South Wales in September 2007, and provided health economics research support, working on various healthcare projects and clinical trials, including: PAAD, ELIJAH, TCADS, PREFERS and many others.

She recently moved to Swansea Centre for Health Economics (SCHE) at Swansea University in January 2015, taking on a combined role as Research and Operations Assistant. Her main responsibilities now focus on: assisting in the management of SCHE procedures and policies, assessing unit costs for healthcare interventions, measuring health-related quality of life for economic evaluation (cost utility analysis), and supporting health-related organisations with prioritisation decisions using Programme Budgeting and Marginal Analysis (PBMA). Sam is currently assisting on research projects including: HAPPIKNEES, CREAM, POETIC and GASP.

Sam also teaches in a number of Health Economics subjects and is currently supervising two PhDs.

Areas of Expertise

  • Health Economics research - focussing on assessing unit costs of health interventions and resource use
  • and measuring health-related quality of life for economic evaluation
  • Management Decision-Making research - focussing on the use of group support technologies in health-related decision settings
  • Operations Management - assisting in the organisation of procedures and processes for Swansea Centre of Health Economics (SCHE)

Publications

  1. et. al. Antibiotic prescribing and associated diarrhoea: a prospective cohort study of care home residents. Age and Ageing
  2. & Adults with intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour: the costs and outcomes of in- and out-of-area placements. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 57(2), 139-152.
  3. & Continuity of care in the transition from child to adult diabetes services: a realistic evaluation study. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy 17(3), 140-148.
  4. & Feasibility of using routinely collected inpatient data to monitor quality and inform choice: a case study using the UK inflammatory bowel disease audit. Frontline Gastroenterology 2(3), 153-159.
  5. & Abolition of prescription charges in Wales: the impact on medicines use in those who used to pay. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice 18(6), 332-340.

Teaching

  • SHBM00 Social, Cultural and Economic Context of Health

    In this module students will develop a critical understanding and appreciation of the wider context of health care management. The social, cultural and economic context within which health and illness are defined and experienced and how these impact and influence the organisation and financing of health care and health systems will be critically explored.

  • SHP208 Health and Economics

    This module will provide an introduction to economic theory and the role of economics in health care. It will consider issues of scarcity and choice; markets and market failure; efficiency and equity; consumer and provider behaviour; outputs and outcomes in health care and economic evaluation. This module aims to outline the role of economic appraisal in decision making in health care. It will highlight the importance of economics in determining how and where to utilize limited resources. Students will be introduced to techniques of economic evaluation. Students will be able to discuss the basic principles of economics and how resources are allocated; they will be able to present and discuss concept of welfare economics; they will be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the techniques and relevance of economic evaluation.

  • SHQM33 Economic Evaluation in Health Care

    This module will provide a comprehensive introduction to the key principles of health economics and application to health care decision making. Students will develop a critical understanding and appreciation of the methods of economic evaluation and how health economics can be used to support prioritisation within the wider context of competing demands for health care treatments or services. The module is relevant for anyone working within the field of healthcare (e.g. managers, practitioners, policy makers) who needs to understand, use, review or commission economic evaluations.