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A pilot, feasibility, randomised trial of non invasive treatments for claudication

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About this project

This is a mixed methods (including systematic literature review) PhD project investigating the clinical effectiveness and mechanism of action of different non invasive treatments for exertional muscular leg pain (claudication). Claudication, the most common symptom of peripheral arterial disease, affects 5-10% of the UK adult population and significantly impairs quality of life. NICE guidelines recommend moderate intensity supervised (MIS) exercise training as first line treatment based on clinical and cost effectiveness outcomes. High intensity training (HIT) over a shorter period may be as / more effective. We have demonstrated in a double blind randomised placebo controlled trial that shock wave therapy (SWaT) is a safe, well-tolerated, efficacious treatment in this condition. We now aim to undertake a pilot, feasibility randomised trial of these 3 non invasive treatment (MIS vs HIT vs SWaT) for claudication. Outcomes would include; treadmill walking distances, peripheral perfusion, disease specific and generic quality of life, markers of endothelial and platelet dysfunction and cardio-respiratory fitness. The student would be responsible for obtaining approvals, recruitment, intervention and follow up. The research assistant would provide laboratory support. NIHR Research for Patient Benefit funding would be sought.

This project is suitable for a student with quantitative skills (e.g. has degree in health, allied health, sports science, biomedical sciences etc). The PhD will provide the opportunity for the student to expand quantitative skills and gain clinical trial experience. 

Supervisors

Supervisor 1. Mr George Smith, NIHR ACL, Academic Vascular Surgicial Unit, George.Smith@hey.nhs.uk

Co-supervisor 1. Prof Ian Chetter, Academic Vascular Surgical Unit, Ian.Chetter@hey.nhs.uk

Co-Supervisor 2. Prof Lee Ingle, Department of Sport, Health and Exercise Science, l.ingle@hull.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 health, allied health, sports science, biomedical sciences etc). The PhD will provide the opportunity for the student to expand quantitative skills and gain clinical trial experience. 

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.