Sarah Parkinson

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M.S. in social policy, University of Pennsylvania; B.A. in cultural anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

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Sarah Parkinson, an analyst at RAND Europe, works across health innovation, public health and health services research. She is experienced in conducting literature reviews, interviews, surveys and both quantitative and qualitative analysis, as well as project management.

Her recent work includes studies looking at the use and impact of point of care testing for infectious diseases and electronic health records across EU/EEA Member States for the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC), research into combating antimicrobial resistance through innovation, and the potential impact on the British insurance industry of predictive genetic testing and direct-to-consumer tests.

Parkinson has also worked on two studies around the Tobacco Products Directive and advertisements and promotions for tobacco and related products for the European Commission (DG SANTE), which looked specifically at the implications of e-cigarettes, heated tobacco products and other novel tobacco products, and new and emerging media channels for advertisements and promotions. She also contributes to healthcare services and quality improvement research, including through collaborative projects with academic institutions.

Prior to joining RAND Europe, Parkinson worked on projects related to prescription opioids and prescription drug monitoring programmes in the U.S. She holds an M.Sc. in social policy and a B.A. in cultural anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Recent Projects

  • Use of point-of-care testing devices in EU/EEA member states
  • Evalation of the Q initiative
  • Tobacco products directive review
  • The impact of MS progression
  • The future of national research assessment

Selected Publications

Rodriguez-Rincon, D., Leach, B., Pollard, J., Parkinson, S., Gkousis, E., Lichten, C., Sussex, J., Manville, C., Exploring the societal burden of multiple sclerosis., RAND (RR-4262), 2019

Parks, S., Rodriguez-Rincon, D., Parkinson, S., Manville, C., The changing research landscape and reflections on national research assessment in the future, RAND (RR-3200), 2019

Parkinson, S., "Strengthening Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Mandates in the US," Public Sphere Journal of Public Policy (London School of Economics), 2018




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    Primary Care Networks in a Time of Pandemic

    Primary care networks in the UK bring together general practices and community providers to develop new services for patients and to provide better integration of health and social care services and sustainability in primary care. While still relatively new, their trajectory is likely to be influenced by COVID-19–related adaptations they have made over the course of the pandemic.

    Nov 11, 2020 GP Life