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Dr Bruna Rubbo MBBS, MSc, PhD

Research Fellow in Health Workforce Research

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Bruna is a Research Fellow within the Workforce and Health Systems theme in Health Sciences. Her work focuses on secondary analysis of routinely collected NHS workforce and mortality data.

Bruna is a general practitioner by background and has been working in the field of health research for the past ten years, of which five were at the University of Southampton. She obtained a MSc degree in Clinical and Experimental Medicine from UCL in 2011 and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Southampton in 2021. In her thesis, she explored different aspects of service delivery for primary ciliary dyskinesia, a rare genetic disease, focusing on the application of different methods to analyse small and complex datasets such as topological data analysis, disproportionate sampling and mixed-methods research.

Research interests

Bruna is interested in health service delivery and organisational research, with a focus in utilising novel methods to analyse data and display research findings.

  • Service delivery modelling
  • Secondary data analysis
  • Contextual evidence (e.g. impact of different settings and healthcare systems in service delivery)

Bruna’s PhD thesis was entitled ‘Delivering health care for patients with primary ciliary dyskinesia: diagnosis and life-long care’, under the supervision of Professor Jane Lucas.

Research group

Health Workforce & Systems

Research project(s)

Consequences, costs and cost-effectiveness of different workforce configurations in English acute hospitals: a longitudinal retrospective study using routinely collected data

This study seeks to understand how variation in the size and make-up of care teams on hospital wards in England influences patient outcomes and the costs of care.

Dr Bruna Rubbo
Health Sciences, Student Office, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ
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