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The softer side of mathematics - stepping away from the equations

Christina Pagel, Ph.D., M.Sc.
U.K. Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice
Associate Professor in Operational Research at University College London 

It is easy, productive and interesting to spend a career in operational research / applied mathematics solving ever more complex problems using fancy and innovative mathematics. In this talk I want to encourage you all to spend some time stepping away from equations and what can be achieved by doing so, both in terms of health service impact and in terms of personal job satisfaction. I will discuss elements of 3 current and recent projects to illustrate this topic.

Project 1: Communicating the use of risk models in evaluating and reporting survival outcomes after Children's heart surgery.

Project 2: Using soft OR methods such as process maps and rich pictures to develop innovative materials to improve the implementation of IT decision support systems within hospitals.

Project 3: Using a mathematical ranking system to explore state legislator priorities for the possible goals of US health policy


Lectures, Seminars




MA 310, 5269 Morris Street