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Sophie Cole


Research Assistant in Health Economics - NIHR trainee

I’m an economist interested in the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of individuals with orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions.  A particular interest of mine is the quality of life of individuals with rare diseases as this is an area that can often be unexplored and unknown. I analyse patient-reported outcomes measures (questionnaires) of health dimensions such as sleep, pain, anxiety, and depression with the objective to improve understanding of the condition.

In September 2021, I began a NIHR pre-doctoral fellowship with the aim to investigate and compare the health dimensions of individuals with rare chronic diseases such as X-linked hypophosphaetemia and Osteogenesis imperfecta with a particular focus on mental health.

I joined Centre for Statistics in Medicine, in September 2019 after completing an MSc in Health Economics at the University of York. During that time, I explored the effects of maternal and paternal mental health during pregnancy on child outcomes.

Outside of the office, I am a keen (albeit amateur) climber, knitter of jumpers and socks, and also enjoy the occasional wild swim in Oxfordshire’s rivers.