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Cognitive impairment in primary care: addressing patient symptoms and the support needs of informal family carers

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About this project

This is a mixed methods (including systemic literature review) PhD project on cognitive impairment (difficulty in thinking and memory) in a cohort of patients in primary care (living in the community and cared for by their general practitioner and the primary care team). The student will determine the prevalence of cognitive impairment and related symptoms in these patients using a validated global symptom measure, developed for use in those with dementia and incapacity. Support needs of informal family carers, using validated assessment tools for family caregiver needs, will also assessed. Surveying a subsample of qualitative interviews with carers of those with cognitive impairment, they will explore the nature/type of treatments and supportive measures best suited to address the needs of the patient and their family caregivers.

This project is suitable for a student with quantitative skills (e.g. has degree in the health/biomedical sciences – including allied health, psychology 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.

Supervisors

Supervisor 1: Dr Jason Boland, jason.boland@hyms.ac.uk

Co-supervisor:  Professor Fliss Murtagh, fliss.murtagh@hyms.ac.uk (until March 1st – please contact Professor Miriam Johnson, Miriam.johnson@hyms.ac.uk)

Next steps

Funding

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.

Entry requirements

This project is suitable for a student with quantitative skills (e.g. has degree in the health/biomedical sciences – including allied health, psychology 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

Research options:

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.