Ms Katie Breheny MSc

NIHR Research Methods Fellow

Health Economics

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Health Economics
School of Health and Population Sciences
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Katie Breheny is a NIHR Research Methods Fellow in the Health Economics Unit.

Katie is undertaking a two year NIHR fellowship focusing on developing and applying skills in the economic evaluation of diagnostic testing. This fellowship builds on her experience in health outcomes research and psychology. As part of her training Katie is undertaking the Health Economics and Health Policy MSc within the unit.


  • MSc in Research Methods in Psychology, University of Reading, 2010
  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology, University of Kent, 2009


Prior to joining the Health Economics Unit, Katie Breheny graduated with a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology. In 2010 she joined Oxford Outcomes, a research consultancy specialising in health economics and outcomes research. In the Patient Reported Outcomes department, she contributed to numerous studies involving the measurement and analysis of health-related quality of life, employing both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Katie maintained a strong interest in statistical methods and collaborated with the Health Economics Department on a number of projects.

In 2013, Katie joined the Health Economics Unit as a NIHR Research Methods Fellow. In this position, Katie is focusing on developing and applying skills in the economic evaluation of tests of the purposes of diagnosis, prognosis and monitoring. With the increasing emphasis on the evaluation of test technologies through NICE and the HTA programme, there is an unmet demand in the NIHR for individuals skilled in the design, analysis and systematic reviewing of test technologies. Thus this Fellowship Programme will provide Katie with training and hands-on experience across a number of areas including the within study health economic evaluation of diagnostic tests, and the health economic modelling alongside primary research studies of test and accuracy and evidence synthesis.


Nixon, A., Kerr, C., Breheny, K., & Wild, D. (2013). Patient Reported Outcome (PRO) assessment in epilepsy: a review of epilepsy-specific PROs according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory requirements. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 11, 38.

Lloyd, A., Kerr, C., Breheny, K., Brazier, J., Ortiz, A., & Borg, E. (2013). Economic evaluation in short bowel syndrome (SBS): an algorithm to estimate utility scores for a patient-reported SBS-specific quality of life scale (SBS-QoL™). Quality of Life Research, 1-10.

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