DHI MSc Blog: Eftychia Dania
Hello! My name is Eftychia Dania and I am doing an MPhil in Digital Health & Wellness in the University of Strathclyde. I was awarded a scholarship from the SFC-Digital Health and Care Institute Highly Skilled Workforce programme.
My studies started on October 2016. I am a full time student. My thesis is titled “Exploring the costs and benefits for the Telehealth programme in NHS Highland”.
The aim is to indicate if this programme is worth the financial resources that are spent in it and to indicate the data gaps that there are during the collection of cost and benefit information needed for this evaluation. Until this moment, I have written the Introduction, Background, Literature review and Methodology chapters and have been collecting secondary data on the reported costs and benefits of telehealth for people with COPD.
My mixed methods also include primary data collection via an online survey and interviews with key stakeholders involved in assessing telehealth programmes for people with COPD in Scotland. The use of these techniques was chosen in order to collect as much data as possible and in order for me to to manage to understand that programme as deeply as possible.
This period I am working on a framework for how to analyse my findings for my Results chapter. My plan is to work on my Result chapter until the end of March. In April-May, I plan to work on the Discussion and Conclusion chapters, and from May until July to do the final write-up of my thesis.
My plan is to submit my thesis at the end of July 2018.
The biggest challenge for me so far has been data collection. It was very challenging to find people to answer my online survey and to participate in the interviews.
From my MPhil studies, I believe that I acquire a lot of different skills, such as improved communication skills (verbal and written), improved presentation skills, research skills and also learning how to conduct self-structured interviews.
The most important things that I have learned during my masters are:
- How difficult a data collection can be in order to gather data to do an economic evaluation.
- How complex and difficult to organise, run and understand can a health care system be.