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Shaolin is a Research Fellow in Health Economics at the Health Organisation, Policy and Economics (HOPE). She completed her PhD in Economics (2010) at the University of Dundee and has subsequently worked at Dundee as the Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE) Research Fellow in Health Economics on a number of research projects. In 2013 she joined the Imperial College London to conduct research within the economics, evaluation and policy research stream of the NIHR Imperial Patient Safety and Translational Research Centre. Shaolin took a three-year career break to care for her children and returned to academic life at the University of Manchester in 2018. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at Imperial College London.  

Research interests

Shaolin is interested in the economic evaluations of health policy initiatives, and economic analyses of the behaviour and performance of organisations and individuals within the health care system. Her previous researches included investigating the practice style and retention of the migrant health professionals in NHS Scotland; evaluating the impact of the patient adherence on the cost-effectiveness of breast cancer endocrine therapy using linked data on community prescriptions, hospital admissions and cancer registry; estimating the socioeconomic costs of spousal bereavement in Scotland; and estimating the healthy life years lost due to hospital adverse patient safety events by developing economic methodologies of using English hospital data to control for patients’ life expectancy and quality of life weights. Shaolin is currently working on the MRC NIHR Methodology Research Programme to develop methodologies for identifying and measuring spillover effects in the evaluation of interventions to change health care delivery and organisation.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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