Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Tara Homer

Research Associate

Background

Introduction

Tara joined IHS as a member of the Health Economics Group in December 2012 after completing her MSc in University College of Cork.  She is currently working on a number of economic evaluations that are being conducted alongside clinical trials.

Tara’s main areas of interest within health economics are Economic Evaluation, Preference Elicitation and Economic Modelling.

 

Qualifications

MSc. Health Economics, University College of Cork – first class honours (2012)

BComm (Hons), University College Cork (2011)

 

Previous Employment

Research Assistant, Institute of Health & Society, Newcastle University (2012-2014)


Research

 Introduction

Tara is currently responsible for 3 NIHR HTA trials; FiCTION, NATTINA and DIFRID.  She has completed the economic evaluation on two NIHR HTA trials, INVESTIGATE-I and STOPAH.  INVESTIGATE-I involved evaluating the cost-effectiveness of invasive testing for urinary incontinence before surgical treatment in a feasibility study and STOPAH  involved evaluating the cost-effectiveness of single or dual treatment in the reduction of short-term mortality in patients with alcoholic hepatitis.  

Tara also provides health economic advice to support grant applications and is a specialist advisor for the North East Research and Design Service (RDS). 


Projects

FiCTION http://dentistry.dundee.ac.uk/nihr-hta-fiction-trial

NATTINA https://research.ncl.ac.uk/nattina/

DIFRID http://www.nets.nihr.ac.uk/projects/hta/137802


Funding

Is it possible to develop a complex intervention to improve the outcome of fall-related injuries in people with dementia? (DIFRID). NIHR HTA programme.  Co applicant.  Amount of award: £513,008.

Teaching

Teaching

MSc in Public Health and Health Services Research

Defined Portfolio Training Session - Newcastle University


Supervision

MSc supervision - Aileen Rooney (2015)

Summer Internships - Scott Kirkman (2014)

                                 -  Katie Mowbry (2013) - co-supervised


Publications