Thai Son Tong [BPharm, Msc]

Research Associate in Health Economics

Thaison TongHEDS, ScHARR
The University of Sheffield
Regent Court, 30 Regent Street
Sheffield, S1 4DA

Office: 1012/3

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 2989
Fax: (+44) (0)114 222 0749


ORCiD: 0000-0002-9307-6850


I am a health economic modeller. My expertise is in decision analytical modelling and data analysis. I have had experience in developing cohort models and patient-level models for economic evaluation of health care interventions; and also multiple-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) models. I have had experience in using SQL to manage a relational database and using R to analyse data. I am familiar with analysing data from Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) in the UK. I am familiar with using Health care Resource Group (HRG) for costing hospital episodes. I am familiar with the health care system and health technology appraisal (HTA) in the UK.

In January 2013, I joined ScHARR as a PhD student. My PhD was funded by The Department of Health's Policy Research Unit in Economic Evaluation of Health and Care Interventions (EEPRU) ( Previously I had one year working for Sanofi-Aventis in Vietnam as a product marketing manager; three months working for Novartis in Switzerland as an intern health economist; and more than a year working for GlaxoSmithKline in Vietnam as a medical communication specialist.

In October 2015, I started working part-time as a research associate in health economics in ScHARR. Since October 2016, I have been working full-time as a research associate in health economics in ScHARR.

Research activities

Currently I am working in a modelling team to analyse Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) and develop a simulation model for evaluating options for the re-configuration of vascular services in the UK.

Through my PhD project, I have developed a new patient-level cost-effectiveness model for the evaluation of different cognitive screening tests for early detection of dementia and mild cognitive impairment in primary care. The paper has been accepted and is currently in the production stage for a journal publication.

In my PhD project, I also looked at different methods for conducting economic evaluation in health care taking a broader/societal perspective. I investigated the use of techniques from Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) for economic evaluation.

Research interests

• Methods for conducting economic evaluation taking a broader/societal perspective
• Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA)
• Cost-effectiveness modelling
• Patient-level simulation
• Analysing big data
• Hospital Episode Statistics (HES)
• Using Health Resource Group (HRG) for costing purpose

Teaching activities

I have been involved in designing, assessing and delivering tutorial sessions for the module HAR671 (Operational Research Techniques in Health Resources Allocation) in the master course Health Economics and Decision Modelling (HEDM) in ScHARR. I was also involved in helping the delivery of an online course in ScHARR (Valuing and Measuring Health).


Nixon R., Dierig C., Mt-Isa S., Stockert I., Tong T., Kuhls S., Hodgson G., Pears J., Waddingham E., Hockley K., Thomson A., (2015). A case study using the PrOACT-URL and BRAT frameworks for structured benefit risk assessment. Biometrical Journal. 58(1): 8-27.

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