About this project
This is a mixed methods (including systemic literature review) PhD project on breathlessness in a cohort of patients in primary care. Breathlessness is highly distressing and neglected symptom affecting patient & families and a frequent cause of unplanned hospital admissions. Surveying a subsample of the primary care cohort with moderate or severe frailty, the PhD student will determine the self-reported prevalence of breathlessness and related symptoms (e.g. poor sleep, anxiety, depression) i) as reported using standard patient-reported outcome measures, and ii) as documented in the primary care medical record. They will determine how well these sources agree and also the documented evidence of breathlessness-targeted treatments in the primary care record. Using these data, they will design a simple, readily implemented resource to support management of breathlessness in primary care, and consider the extent to which this could be directly provided to patients for self-management. A qualitative component of this study will explore the experiences of breathlessness management in primary care and acceptability of such an intervention.
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.
Supervisor 1: Dr Joseph Clark, 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 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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