About this project
This student will use mixed-methods (including systematic literature review) to determine the prevalence of cachexia and fatigue in those with moderate/ severe frailty in primary care. Cachexia (a syndrome with loss of skeletal muscle mass causing progressive functional impairment) and fatigue increase frailty and likelihood of adverse outcomes (hospital and nursing home admission, poor survival). Surveying a subsample of a cohort identified as having moderate/severe frailty, the student will determine the self-reported prevalence of fatigue, and related symptoms e.g. loss of appetite and weight loss. They will record functional status and dependency, and identify when cachexia is present. They will identify interventions documented in the primary care medical record to address these issues. Using newly emerging evidence to address fatigue and cachexia, they will design a resource to support management of this syndrome in primary care.
This project is suitable for a student with quantitative skills (e.g. has degree in the health/biomedical sciences – including allied health – psychology, social sciences etc.) . The PhD will provide the opportunity for the student to expand quantitative skills and experience with standard patient-reported outcome measures, gain experience in primary data collection including expansion of skills to qualitative methods appropriate for those using this approach for the first time.
Supervisor 1: Professor Fliss Murtagh, firstname.lastname@example.org (until March 1st – please contact Professor Miriam Johnson, Miriam.email@example.com)
Co-supervisor: Professor Miriam Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,121 in 2016/17) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.
Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.
This project is suitable for a student with quantitative skills (e.g. has degree in the health/biomedical sciences – including allied health – psychology, social sciences etc.)
Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 8th May 2017 at the latest.
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How to apply
Applications should be made through the HYMS web site stating the project title and supervisor’s name.
Application deadline: 13 March 2017
PhD: 4 years (full-time)
The Postgraduate Training Scheme
PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.