Amelia Harshfield

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M.P.H., Imperial College London; B.Sc. (Hons) in physiological sciences, Newcastle University


Amelia Harshfield is an analyst working in the area of innovation, health and science at RAND Europe; her expertise lies in health services research. As part of her role, she is also a part of the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research (CCHSR) and the Birmingham, RAND and Cambridge Evaluation Centre (BRACE).

Harshfield has extensive experience in both quantitative and qualitative work using a range of methods including interviews, all aspects of rapid evidence assessments, and the management and analysis of both routine and bespoke healthcare datasets. These datasets include the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD), a routine dataset of UK general practice records; Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), a routine dataset of secondary care hospital records; the National Diet and Nutrition survey dataset and the UK Biobank. She additionally has experience of managing projects.

Prior to starting at RAND she was a research associate at the Primary Care Unit, Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge, where the majority of her work focused on the dissemination and utilisation of CPRD. As part of her role she worked on several projects, including investigating patterns of medication prescribing at the end of life and validating risk prediction models in the UK population using UK Biobank data. Amelia has a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Imperial College London, and a B.Sc. (Hons) in physiological sciences from Newcastle University.

Selected Publications

Harshfield A., G. Abel, S. Barclay, R. Payne, "Discrepancies between ONS and CPRD dates of death: association with recorded clinical activity and implications for choice of date," BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, (doi: 10.11), 2018

Cassell A., A. Harshfield, S. Griffin, R. Payne, J. Brimicombe, K. Rhodes, E. Edwards, "The descriptive epidemiology of multimorbidity in primary care: a cross-sectional cohort study," BJGP, (doi:10.339), 2018

Usher-Smith J.A., A. Harshfield, C.L. Saunders, S.J. Sharp, J. Emery, F.M. Walter, K. Muir, S.J. Griffin., "External validation of risk prediction models for incident colorectal cancer using UK Biobank," British Journal of Cancer., (doi:10.103), 2018

Doble B., R. Payne, A. Harshfield, C. Miani, A. Martin, J. Exley, C. Meads, S. King, E.C.F. Wilson, "Short versus long prescription lengths: a retrospective analysis of the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) to determine differences in the cost of medication wastage, dispensing fees and prescriber time," BMJ Open, (doi: 10.11), 2017

Heinen E., A. Harshfield, J. Panter, R. Mackett, D. Ogilvie, "Does exposure to new transport infrastructure result in modal shifts? Patterns of change in commute mode choices in a four-year quasi-experimental cohort study.," Journal of Transport & Health, (doi:10.101), 2017


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