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Alan Girling's research has centered on the application of mathematics and statistics to problems related to healthcare. Within MATCH (Multidisciplinary Assessment of Technology Centre for Health) this has included papers on economic evaluation in the development cycle for innovative medical devices (with a special focus on the role of Bayesian and options-based approaches) and on patient preference in the evaluation of optional treatments - including the ‘Split-Choice’ model for preference weights and the ‘True-Choice’ model for sample-size calculations. Further ongoing interests include: the special features and problems that arise in the evaluation of service delivery interventions; and the statistics of hospital league tables.
He is currently supervising doctoral students in: the headroom method applied to the early-stage valuation of medical devices; and a meta-analytic approach to the analysis of inter-country differences in the effectiveness of clinical treatments.