Michela is a health and care economist awarded an NIHR SSCR Leadership Fellowship. She aims to expand her contribution to the application of discrete choice experiments (DCEs) to measure service user preferences and inform policy and practice decision-making on complex interventions in social care. The award will allow her to secure greater demand for the use of DCEs to support the commissioning and delivering of social care services as well as better understanding, use and impact of preference data to inform policy and practice.
Other ongoing work at CPEC promoting the application of stated preference methods to social care includes the evaluation of the following initiatives:
1) The national Out-Of-Hospital care models for people who are homeless, co-led by Michela in collaboration with Michelle Cornes, Bradford and Kings College London, and funded by the Department of Health and Social Care;
2) New models of social care for older people with high care needs led by the NIHR Older People and Frailty Unit;
3) New government social care charging reforms led by the NIHR Policy Unit in Adult Social Care; and
4) The sustainability of dementia meeting centres in the UK.
She is working on the Economics of Social Care Compendium (ESSENCE) continuation study at CPEC, which examines the economic case for adult social care interventions and is funded by NIHR School for Social Care Research.
Michela is also leading two LSE Innovation-funded projects looking at the development of new, person-centered technologies with applications in health and care.
Michela's research is primarily concerned with the performance evaluation of health and social care services in the community. In her work, she develops and applies cost and outcome performance measurements and evaluation to support person-centred care and inform policy and practice decision-making across settings.
Michela has a PhD in Health Economics and Primary Care and an MSc in Public Health and Health Services Research from the University of Aberdeen, as well as an MSc in Pharmacoeconomics and a Professional Doctorate Degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Milan, Italy.