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Dylan Collins


DPhil Candidate

I am a Rhodes Scholar reading for a Doctor of Philosophy in Primary Health Care, based in the Centre for Evidence-based Medicine. As a clinical epidemiologist, I study the health and illness of people who see clinicians, and the application of epidemiological principles in clinical practice. My specific expertise and interest is in primary health care and non-communicable diseases.

My doctoral research focuses on the prevention of cardiovascular diseases in resource-limited settings. Specifically, I am working to optimise global cardiovascular risk assessment, and guidance for its use, for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases in low-resource settings. To do this, I use quantitative and qualitative methods, including evidence synthesis, meta-analysis, prognostic modelling, and mixed-method approaches. A significant component of my doctoral work involves simplifying guidance for use in humanitarian medical settings, in collaboration with Médecins Sans Frontières and the Jordanian Ministry of Health.

Teaching is an important component of my work. As a member of the Centre for Evidence-based Medicine, I teach medical students, as well as MSc students reading for degrees in Evidence-based Health Care and International Health and Tropical Medicine.

I continue to develop a programme of research in health care quality improvement and mixed-methods approaches to clinical audit, with a vision of strengthening primary health care. This work involves the integration of human-centred design methods with traditional approaches to quality improvement interventions.

I’m always keen to collaborate and share resources. You can find me on Twitter, where I’m likely tweeting about design, primary health care, and medical education. 

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