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Sun Sun

Researcher in Health Economics & Outcomes Researcher (HEOR) and Real-World Evidence (RWE). As a SHEA and EuroQol member, she is comitted to research on both national and international scale.




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Research fellow at Department of Epidemiology and Global Health
Epidemiologi och global hälsa, Umeå Universitet, 90185 Umeå

Sun Sun's research activities are primarily conducted at the Department of Epidemiology and Global Health (EpiGH) at Umeå University (UmU), with a focus on Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR), particularly Patient-Reported Outcomes (PROs) based on Real-World Evidence (RWE).

Sun Sun has been involved in numerous research projects, including as a principal investigator (PI) and co-investigator (co-I), showcasing leadership and collaborative skills. Sun Sun has secured substantial research grants, reflecting the recognition of expertise and the ability to attract funding for impactful research endeavors.

The ongoing research projects, include studies on health outcomes and resource utilization for bariatric surgery, and methodological investigation of health outcome instrument and to implement cost-effectivness studies in clinical trials/public health intervention programs. In addition, Sun Sun has supervised several PhD projects, demonstrating a commitment to mentorship and knowledge dissemination.

Sun Sun, together with Kaspar Meili and Mimmi Åström (National Board of Health and Welfare, Karolinksa Insitutet) is hosting a research network with health economics and outcomes research and real world evidence in focus. A profile of the Network RWD-HEOR can be found on Linkedin.

Member of Scientific Committees

A detailed description of the projects that I have been involved in is provided as below

I. Health outcomes and resource utilization for bariatric surgery: evidence from real-world data in Sweden, PI, 80%, 2019-23, Forte, 4.7 million SEK, Department of Surgery (UmU) Örebro University Hospitals

II. An EQ-5D- value set for the Vietnam population, PI, 10%, 2017-19, EuroQol Foundation & Hanoi University of Public Health, 107,500 Euro, EuroQol Group & Hanoi University of Public Health

III. Ordinal relationship of TTO and DCE preference data, Co-I, 2%, 2022-23, EuroQol Foundation, 59,360 Euro, EuroQol Group & 
University of Greifswald in Germany, University of Leeds in UK

IV. EQ VAS: What does it measure? A structured analysis of the EQ VAS in national population surveys (the Health Survey of England), Co-I, 1%, 2021-22, EuroQol Foundation & University of Greifswald in Germany, University of Leeds in UK, 55,230 Euro
EuroQol Group & University of Greifswald in Germany, University of Leeds in UKM4

V. An EQ-5D-5L value set for the Swedish population, Co-I, 6%, 2019-20, EuroQol Foundation & Stockholm County Council, 2 million SEK, EuroQol Group
VI. EQ-5D psychometrical and clinical value among psoriasis patients, PI, 20%, 2023, EuroQol Group, 24 975 Euro, EuroQol Group & Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, UmU

VII, Cost-effectiveness analysis based on Phase III study of HYPO-fractionated Radiotherapy of Intermediate risk Localized Prostate cancer, Co-worker, 10%, 2020-22, the Swedish Prostate Cancer Foundation, 108 000 SEK, Dept Radiation Sciences, UmU & Kalmar Hospital Sundsvall Hospital

VIII, Internet-based vestibular rehabilitation versus standard care after acute onset vertigo, Co-worker, 12%, 2020-present
Swedish Researcj Council (Vetenskapsrådet), Institution of Clinical Science, Neurosciences, UmU


Supervised PhD projects


  • Establishing national threshold value for cost effectiveness analysis in Viet Nam: Willingness-to-pay per Quality-adjusted life year, and its application


  • Feasibility and Applicability of Health-related quality of life measurement in Vietnam healthcare planning system
  • An AI-powered 4D dynamic decision-making framework to boost anti-pandemic strategies: a comprehensive evaluation and microsimulation study



PLOS ONE, Public Library of Science (PLoS) 2024, Vol. 19, (2)
Vu Nu, Anh; Van Hoang, Minh; Lindholm, Lars; et al.
European Journal of Health Economics, Springer 2023, Vol. 24 : 237-246
Sun, Sun; Jonsson, Håkan; Sahlen, Klas-Göran; et al.
European Journal of Health Economics, Springer-Verlag New York 2023, Vol. 24 : 279-292
Sun, Sun; Stenberg, Erik; Cao, Yang; et al.
Obesity Surgery, Springer 2023, Vol. 33, (8) : 2452-2462
Sun, Sun; Stenberg, Erik; Lindholm, Lars; et al.
International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds, Sage Publications 2023, Vol. 22, (2) : 345-352
Velickovic, Vladica M.; Lembelembe, Jean P.; Cegri, Francisco; et al.
Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, BioMed Central (BMC) 2022, Vol. 20, (1)
Sun, Sun; Chuang, Ling-Hsiang; Sahlen, Klas-Göran; et al.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, MDPI 2022, Vol. 19, (17)
Sun, Sun; Luo, Nan; Stenberg, Erik; et al.
Quality of Life Research, Springer 2022, Vol. 31, (3) : 697-712
Teni, Fitsum Sebsibe; Gerdtham, Ulf-G.; Leidl, Reiner; et al.
Quality of Life Research, Springer Nature 2022, Vol. 31 : 539-550
Vu Thi Quynh, Mai; Giang, Kim Bao; Minh, Hoang Van; et al.
Quality of Life Research, Springer Netherlands 2020, Vol. 29 : 1923-1933
Vu Quynh, Mai; Sun, Sun; Minh, Hoang Van; et al.
IJC Heart & Vasculature, Elsevier 2018, Vol. 19 : 90-97
Du, Xiaoyang; Khamitova, Adina; Kyhlstedt, Mattias; et al.
Obesity Surgery, Springer 2018, Vol. 28 : 1098-1108
Sun, Sun; Borisenko, Oleg; Spelman, Tim; et al.
Value in Health, Elsevier 2018, Vol. 21, (11) : 1330-1337
Zhuo, Lang; Xu, Ling; Ye, Jingtao; et al.
Journal of Hepatology, Elsevier 2017, Vol. 67, (5) : 940-949
Bureau, Christophe; Adebayo, Danielle; Chalret de Rieu, Mael; et al.

I have course responsibility for a master's course Health Economics Evaluation methods  (5 ECTS)

I also teach on Advanced Topics in Health Economic Evalution Methods (7.5 ECTS).

Each year I supervise a number of theses by students taking our Master's Programme in Public Health with a Specialization in Health Economics.