Register today to attend Measuring What Matters, a symposium focused on associations between social determinants of health (SDoH), chronic disease, and health outcomes, including health related quality of life (HRQL). Scheduled for 16-17 July 2024, this virtual event will consist of session presentations and live Q&As with the speakers. 

Session Highlight

Session 1: An Overview of SDoH for Health Outcomes

The 2024 Measuring What Matters Symposium will kick off with an introductive session. ISOQOL Past President, Joanne Greenhalgh, will discuss the relevance of this topic to our organization. The primary presenters at this first plenary will provide an introduction to SDoH, including conceptualizations and perspectives of SDoH. The relevance of SDoH to HRQL and its application in addressing outcomes for persons with chronic disease will be discussed.

Session Speakers:

Joanne Greenhalgh, PhD

University of Leeds

Joanne Greenhalgh is a Professor of Applied Social Research Methodology at the School of Sociology and Social Policy and Past President of the International Society for Quality of Life Research. Her research has focused on exploring how clinicians use PROMs and other outcome measures in clinical practice. She has conducted a number of systematic reviews of literature in this field. Joanne also has expertise in realist methods and was part of the RAMESES team that developed quality and reporting standards and resources and training materials for realist evaluation.

Ghazala Mir, PhD

University of Leeds

Ghazala Mir is Professor of Health Equity and Inclusion at the University of Leeds with research interests in health and social inequalities, including religious and ethnic minorities. Her research focuses on the experience of people underserved by health and other public services and she has led work to highlight key research priorities in this field. She leads the multidisciplinary Inequalities Research Network and the international Partnerships for Equity and Inclusion, which bring together academics, advocacy organisations, public services practitioners and policymakers to help reduce the inequalities that affect disadvantaged groups. Her research has been published by the UN Research Institute for Social Development and as case studies of good practice by the Chief Medical Officer and the Economic and Social Research Council.

Alyson Mahar, PhD

Queen’s University

Dr. Mahar is an epidemiologist and health services researcher focused on using routinely collected health and social data to address inequitable healthcare access and delivery. Her primary research is conducted in the areas of cancer and mental health, focusing on cancer care disparities, cancer staging, personalized prognostication, and intersections between cancer and mental health/addiction.

The International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL) is a global community of researchers, clinicians, health care professionals, industry professionals, consultants, and patient research partners advancing health related quality of life research (HRQL).

Together, we are creating a future in which patient perspective is integral to health research, care and policy.