Our teams are involved in a number of HSOR projects in Singapore, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Singapore (MOH), and the various local healthcare institutions. Our current projects include topics such as: (a) end-of-life care; (b) workplace well-being and health study; (c) social and economic burden of diseases within dermatology and cost-effectiveness of treatment; and (d) Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) study.
(a) End-of-life care
Our team is collaborating closely with faculties from the Nanyang Technological University’s School of Social Sciences (Division of Economics and Department of Psychology) to evaluate the national ACP programme that is currently spearheaded by the National ACP Steering Committee, together with the Agency for Integrated Care. In this evaluation, we aim to answer questions that have been stated by the Ageing Planning Office in the Ministry of Health, Singapore, on the success, economic impact, and effectiveness of the ACP programme in Singapore. We will also develop recommendations to improve on the existing ACP model and processes.
(b) Workplace well-being and health study
The aim of this study is to determine the effects of various office environmental parameters on health, and to provide recommendations to improve the well-being and health quality of employees.
(c) Social and economic burden of diseases within dermatology and cost-effectiveness of treatment
Atopic dermatitis (AD) paediatric cohort study: This study aims to measure the overall burden of paediatric AD, which will be the first international study in its field. We are in close collaboration with the National Skin Centre, Singapore and the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital in establishing a cohort for a longitudinal study. This study aims to create a critical impact academically, and be an avenue for the academic research field to contribute to the society, using real-life situations.
Burden of non-healing wounds: This project aims to assess the burden of wounds and failing skin repair in Singapore and provide a methodological platform for assessment of skin disease burden more broadly.
Acne cohort study: This research aims to establish a cohort for a longitudinal study on patients with acne who can be followed over time to measure real life impact of acne and reported outcome of treatments. This study also wishes to explore and map out patients that have reached a stable condition and develop risk scores that can help predict long-term sequelae of acne. Information will be collected on how acne affects quality of life, coping strategies, satisfaction with treatment and healthcare consumption and other outlays due to acne.
(d) Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) study
The main objective of this research is to study the very early stages of development of COPD. The study will be carried out simultaneously in United Kingdom and Singapore. This will be done by recruiting a novel cohort of 1000 young smokers in 8 centres (in different cities) across United Kingdom and cohort of 200 smokers in 5 centres across Singapore. In the recruited cohorts, the trajectories of lung function decline will be followed to identify those at risk of progression.