Dr Victoria Simms BSc MSc PhD
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After finishing my degree at Durham University I worked on trachoma and sanitation in The Gambia, and came to LSHTM for the MSc in Public Health in Developing Countries (PHDC) in 2004/5. I worked on surveys of disability in Rwanda and trachoma in Sudan, and then moved to the Cicely Saunders Institute at King's College London, where I spent five years on patient-centred outcomes in HIV and a PhD on multidimensional patient-reported problems at HIV diagnosis. I have been employed at LSHTM since 2011.
I am a module co-ordinator for Design and Analysis of Epidemiological Studies (DANES), with Christian Bottomley. I also teach on Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases (ECCD) and Basic Epidemiology.
I work on two randomised controlled trials of care for HIV positive older children and adolescents in Zimbabwe and Malawi. I also work on cluster randomised trials of mental health interventions in Zimbabwe.
- Adolescent health
- Child health
- Complex interventions
- Health services research
- Health workers
- Randomised controlled trials
Disease and Health Conditions
- Mental health
- Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
- Gambia, The
Cryptococcal meningitis screening and community-based early adherence support in people with advanced HIV infection starting antiretroviral therapy in Tanzania and Zambia: an open-label, randomised controlled trial.
Mfinanga, S.; Chanda, D.; Kivuyo, S.L.; Guinness, L.; Bottomley, C.; Simms, V.; Chijoka, C.; Masasi, A.; Kimaro, G.; Ngowi, B.; Kahwa, A.; Mwaba, P.; Harrison, T.S.; Egwaga, S.; Jaffar, S.; REMSTART trial team, .;
Lancet, 2015; 385(9983):2173-82
Availability of essential drugs for managing HIV-related pain and symptoms within 120 PEPFAR-funded health facilities in East Africa: A cross-sectional survey with onsite verification.
Harding, R.; Simms, V.; Penfold, S.; Downing, J.; Powell, R.A.; Mwangi-Powell, F.; Namisango, E.; Moreland, S.; Gikaara, N.; Atieno, M.; Kataike, J.; Nsubuga, C.; Munene, G.; Banga, G.; Higginson, I.J.;
Palliat Med, 2014; 28(4):293-301
Multidimensional Patient-Reported Problems within Two Weeks of HIV Diagnosis in East Africa: A Multicentre Observational Study.
Simms, V. ; Gikaara, N. ; Munene, G. ; Atieno, M. ; Kataike, J. ; Nsubuga, C. ; Banga, G. ; Namisango, E. ; Penfold, S. ; Fayers, P. ; Powell, R.A. ; Higginson, I.J. ; Harding, R. ;
PLoS One, 2013; 8(2):e57203
Integrating public health research trials into health systems in Africa: individual or cluster randomisation?
Simms, V. ; Matiku, S. ; Ngowi, B. ; Chanda, D. ; Lesikari, S. ; Bottomley, C. ; Egwaga, S. ; Kahwa, A. ; Guinness, L. ; Mwaba, P. ; Mfinanga, S. ; Jaffar, S. ;
Trop Med Int Health, 2013;
Integration of palliative care throughout HIV disease.
Simms, V. ; Higginson, I.J. ; Harding, R. ;
Lancet Infect Dis, 2012;
What palliative care-related problems do patients experience at HIV diagnosis? A systematic review of the evidence.
Simms, V.M. ; Higginson, I.J. ; Harding, R. ;
J Pain Symptom Manage, 2011; 42(5):734-53
Prevalence of epilepsy in Rwanda: a national cross-sectional survey
Simms, V.; Atijosan, O.; Kuper, H.; Nuhu, A.; Rischewski, D.; Lavy, C.
Tropical Medicine & International Health, 2008; 13(8):1047-1053
A national survey of musculoskeletal impairment in Rwanda: prevalence, causes and service implications.
Atijosan, O.; Rischewski, D.; Simms, V.; Kuper, H.; Linganwa, B.; Nuhi, A.; Foster, A.; Lavy, C.;
PLoS One, 2008; 3(7):e2851
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