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 is an analyst at RAND Europe working in the area of innovation, health and science research. Her work spans public health and healthcare, as well as looking at how research systems operate and ensure that they fund the best possible research.

Her recent and current work feature research at both a UK and European level, including a study for ECDC on the use of point of care testing devices for infectious diseases in EU/EEA member states and an evaluation of the Health Foundation's Q initiative. She has a M.Sc. in social policy and a B.A. in cultural anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining RAND Europe, she worked in education policy and policies related to the opioid epidemic in Philadelphia.

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