Ms Laura Wall

Ms Laura Wall

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Newcastle Business School

Career Summary

Biography

I have worked at the University of Newcastle since 2015 as a casual academic and research assistant within Psychology and now in 2019 as a post-doctoral research fellow within health economics.

My research uses and develops techniques from cognitive, mathematical and computational psychology as well as health economics to improve measurement of cognition, decision making and preferences. 

In particular my thesis explores cognitive deficits in people with schizophrenia through the linear ballistic accumulator (LBA) model of decision making. I have also collaborated on a number of projects examining consumer preferences in oncology care through discrete choice experiments (DCE).

I am currently interested in more closely marrying the fields of psychology and health economics to establish optimal measurement of patient and consumer preferences to provide more value based healthcare. 



Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Psychology, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • cognition
  • decision making
  • discrete choice experiment

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
140208 Health Economics 50
179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/1/2018 - 31/12/2018 Casual Academic School of Psychology, Faculty of Science & IT, University of Newcastle
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Waller A, Wall L, Mackenzie L, Brown SD, Tattersall MHN, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Preferences for life expectancy discussions following diagnosis with a life-threatening illness: a discrete choice experiment', SUPPORTIVE CARE IN CANCER, (2020)
DOI 10.1007/s00520-020-05498-7
Co-authors Lisa Mackenzie, Amy Waller, Scott Brown, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2020 Turon H, Wall L, Fakes K, Brown SD, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Cancer patient preferences for the provision of information regarding emotional concerns in relation to medical procedures: A discrete choice experiment.', Patient Educ Couns, (2020)
DOI 10.1016/j.pec.2020.02.015
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Scott Brown, Kristy Fakes
2020 Wall L, Hinwood M, Lang D, Smith A, Bunzli S, Clarke P, et al., 'Attitudes of patients and surgeons towards sham surgery trials: a protocol for a scoping review of attributes to inform a discrete choice experiment', BMJ OPEN, 10 (2020)
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-035870
Co-authors Danielle Lang, Madeleine Hinwood, Francesco Paolucci
2019 Hobden B, Turon H, Bryant J, Wall L, Brown S, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Oncology patient preferences for depression care: A discrete choice experiment', Psycho-Oncology, 28 807-814 (2019) [C1]

© 2019 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Objective: Using a vignette-style DCE in a sample of oncology patients, this study explored: (1) the relative influence of the patient's ... [more]

© 2019 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Objective: Using a vignette-style DCE in a sample of oncology patients, this study explored: (1) the relative influence of the patient's level of concern about their depression on preferences for care, (2) the relative influence of depression severity according to a mental health checklist on preferred treatment-seeking options, and (3) whether patient age and gender were associated with depression care preference. Methods: A discrete choice experiment (DCE) survey of cancer patients was conducted. Hypothetical vignettes to elicit care preferences were created using two attributes: the cancer patient's level of concern about depression (a little or a great deal) and results of a mental health checklist (not depressed or very depressed). Three response options for care preferences were presented, including a self-directed approach, shared care approach, and clinician-directed referral approach. Participants chose their most and least preferred options. Results: A total of 281 cancer patients completed the survey. There was a significant association between level of concern and the most preferred option. Those with a great deal of concern about depression preferred to receive referral from their clinician more than those with a little concern about depression. Males were significantly more likely to select a self-directed approach as their most preferred option. Conclusions: An oncology patient's level of concern about depression may influence the type of care they want to receive from their cancer doctor for depression. This finding has implications for depression screening in clinical practice.

DOI 10.1002/pon.5024
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Jamie Bryant, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Bree Hobden, Scott Brown
2019 Zdenkowski N, Lynam J, Sproule V, Wall L, Searston J, Brown S, 'Results of a survey of cancer patients willingness to travel to participate in a clinical trial', Internal Medicine Journal, 49 1321-1325 (2019) [C1]

© 2019 Royal Australasian College of Physicians Only 2¿3% of cancer patients enrol in a trial. We surveyed patients' willingness to change clinician or treating centre, or to... [more]

© 2019 Royal Australasian College of Physicians Only 2¿3% of cancer patients enrol in a trial. We surveyed patients' willingness to change clinician or treating centre, or to travel, to participate in trials, to improve trial recruitment. Of 188 respondents, 79% were willing to participate in a trial in at least one scenario. Increasing travel time, change in oncologist, private health insurance and out of pocket expenses decreased likelihood of joining a trial. Rural and regional patients, and those from lower socio-economic areas, were more willing to travel. To optimise access to trials, clinicians should refer within and between institutions.

DOI 10.1111/imj.14456
Co-authors Scott Brown, Nick Zdenkowski
2018 Herrmann A, Sanson-Fisher R, Hall A, Wall L, Zdenkowski N, Waller A, 'Support persons' preferences for the type of consultation and the format of information provided when making a cancer treatment decision', BMC Research Notes, 11 1-6 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/s13104-018-3552-x
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Nick Zdenkowski, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Alix Hall, Amy Waller
2018 Waller A, Sanson-Fisher R, Brown SD, Wall L, Walsh J, 'Quality versus quantity in end-of-life choices of cancer patients and support persons: a discrete choice experiment', Supportive Care in Cancer, 26 3593-3599 (2018) [C1]

© 2018, Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature. Objectives: To explore in a sample of medical oncology outpatients and their nominated support persons (SPs): (1) th... [more]

© 2018, Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature. Objectives: To explore in a sample of medical oncology outpatients and their nominated support persons (SPs): (1) the relative influence of pain, consciousness and life extension on end-of-life choices using a discrete choice experiment (DCE); (2) the extent to which SPs can predict the choices of index patients and (3) whether having a previous end-of-life discussion was associated with dyad agreement. Methods: Adult medical oncology patients and their SPs were approached for consent to complete a survey containing a DCE. Participants chose between three unlabelled care scenarios characterised by three attributes: pain (mild, moderate or severe), consciousness (some, half or most of time) and extension of life (1, 2 or 3¿weeks). Respondents selected (1) most-preferred and (2) least-preferred scenarios within each question. SPs answered the same questions but from patient¿s perspective. Results: A total of 110 patients and 64 SPs responded overall (42 matched patient-SP dyads). For patients, pain was the most influential predictor of most- and least-preferred scenarios (z = 12.5 and z = 12.9). For SPs, pain was the only significant predictor of most and least-preferred scenarios (z = 9.7 and z = 11.5). Dyad agreement was greater for choices about least- (69%) compared to most-preferred scenarios (55%). Agreement was slightly higher for dyads reporting a previous EOL discussion (68 versus 48%; p = 0.065). Conclusion: Patients and SPs place significant value on avoiding severe pain when making end-of-life choices, over and above level of consciousness or life extension. People¿s views about end-of-life scenarios they most as well as least prefer should be sought.

DOI 10.1007/s00520-018-4226-x
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Amy Waller, Scott Brown, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2018 Herrmann A, Sanson-Fisher R, Hall A, Wall L, Zdenkowski N, Waller A, 'A discrete choice experiment to assess cancer patients preferences for when and how to make treatment decisions', Supportive Care in Cancer, 26 1215-1220 (2018) [C1]

© 2017, Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany. Purpose: Cancer patients can be overwhelmed when being confronted with their diagnosis and treatment options. Such information is often provi... [more]

© 2017, Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany. Purpose: Cancer patients can be overwhelmed when being confronted with their diagnosis and treatment options. Such information is often provided during one consultation between the patient and treating clinician. In order to achieve optimal cancer care, there may be justification for alternative consultation styles. We assessed, in a sample of adult medical oncology patients, their preferences for (i) attending one 40-min consultation or two 20-min consultations and (ii) receiving written only or both written and online information, when making a cancer treatment decision. Methods: This was a cross-sectional survey using a discrete choice design of 159 adult medical oncology patients presenting for their second or subsequent outpatient consultation. Participants were presented with a set of hypothetical scenarios and asked to indicate their most and least preferred scenario. The scenarios contained a caveat explaining that there would be no difference between the available treatment options in terms of when treatment would be initiated and the impact it would have on patients¿ life expectancy. Results: One hundred forty-seven patients completed the DCE. Of these, 70% (n¿=¿103) preferred being provided with written and online information rather than just written information. This preference was statistically significant (p¿<¿0.01). Fifty-nine percent (n¿=¿86) of patients preferred two 20-min consultations over one 40-min consultation when making a treatment decision. Significantly, more patients preferred two shorter consultations rather than one longer consultation when this was combined with written and online information (p¿<¿0.01). Conclusion: When making a cancer treatment decision, clinicians should consider offering patients written and online information, combined with two shorter consultations.

DOI 10.1007/s00520-017-3944-9
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Alix Hall, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Amy Waller, Nick Zdenkowski
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Conference (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Herrmann A, Sanson-Fisher R, Hall A, Wall L, Zdenkowski N, Waller A, 'Comparing cancer patients' and support persons' preferences for the type of consultation and the format of information provided when making a treatment decision', ANNALS OF ONCOLOGY, Munich, GERMANY (2018)
Co-authors Alix Hall, Nick Zdenkowski, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Amy Waller
2017 Zdenkowski N, Lynam J, Wall L, Brown S, Sproule V, 'Results of a Survey Investigating Cancer Patients' Willingness to Travel to Participate in a Clinical Trial', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2017)
Co-authors Nick Zdenkowski
2017 Zdenkowski N, Lynam JF, Wall L, Brown S, Wells K, Sproule V, 'Breast cancer patients' willingness to travel to participate in a clinical trial.', Journal of Clinical Oncology (2017)
DOI 10.1200/JCO.2017.35.15_suppl.e14031
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Scott Brown, Nick Zdenkowski
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Research Projects

Patient preferences in oncology care 2015 -

Publications

Zdenkowski N, Lynam JF, Wall L, Brown S, Wells K, Sproule V, 'Breast cancer patients' willingness to travel to participate in a clinical trial.', Journal of Clinical Oncology (2017)

Zdenkowski N, Lynam J, Wall L, Brown S, Sproule V, 'Results of a Survey Investigating Cancer Patients' Willingness to Travel to Participate in a Clinical Trial', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2017)

Herrmann A, Sanson-Fisher R, Hall A, Wall L, Zdenkowski N, Waller A, 'Comparing cancer patients' and support persons' preferences for the type of consultation and the format of information provided when making a treatment decision', ANNALS OF ONCOLOGY, Munich, GERMANY (2018)

Herrmann A, Sanson-Fisher R, Hall A, Wall L, Zdenkowski N, Waller A, 'Support persons' preferences for the type of consultation and the format of information provided when making a cancer treatment decision', BMC Research Notes, 11 1-6 (2018) [C1]

Waller A, Sanson-Fisher R, Brown SD, Wall L, Walsh J, 'Quality versus quantity in end-of-life choices of cancer patients and support persons: a discrete choice experiment', Supportive Care in Cancer, 26 3593-3599 (2018) [C1]

Herrmann A, Sanson-Fisher R, Hall A, Wall L, Zdenkowski N, Waller A, 'A discrete choice experiment to assess cancer patients preferences for when and how to make treatment decisions', Supportive Care in Cancer, 26 1215-1220 (2018) [C1]

Hobden B, Turon H, Bryant J, Wall L, Brown S, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Oncology patient preferences for depression care: A discrete choice experiment', Psycho-Oncology, 28 807-814 (2019) [C1]

Collaborators

Name Organisation
Doctor Amy Elizabeth Waller University of Newcastle
Miss Breanne Hobden
Ms Anne Herrmann University of Newcastle
Mr Justin Robert Walsh University of Newcastle
Doctor Heidi Erin Turon University of Newcastle
Professor Scott David Brown University of Newcastle
Doctor Nick Zdenkowski
Laureate Professor Robert William Sanson-Fisher University of Newcastle
Doctor Jamie Lee Bryant University of Newcastle
Doctor Alix Edna Ivers University of Newcastle

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Ms Laura Wall

Position

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Contact Details

Email laura.wall@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4033 9228

Office

Room X-7
Building NewSpace
Location City Campus

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