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PhD Studentship: Maximising Patient Portal Engagement in Older People

University of East Anglia

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Norwich
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £18,622 Competition Funded Project (Home and International)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 31st October 2023
Closes: 15th January 2024
Reference: KHADJESARIZ_U24FMH

Background

Patient portals consist of a website that links to a patient’s medical records and provides immediate access to information and functionality such as test results, appointment bookings, repeat prescriptions and secure messaging with healthcare professionals. People over 65 are the highest users of healthcare services: they suffer from more ill health, particularly long-term health conditions, such as diabetes. While people aged over 65 have found access to patient portals helpful, they are less likely to access them than younger people. This PhD project aims to empower over-65s and their carers to more fully engage with patient portals, enabling them to better self-manage and capitalise on portal benefits.  

Research methodology

Conducted at three hospitals which have used portals for different durations, objectives include:

  1. Describe the portals, their use, delivery and perceived benefit by reviewing portal manuals and portal usage data; observing portal management meetings; reviewing policy documents; and interviewing healthcare professionals, patients/carers and portal managers.
  2. Explore what ‘successful’ use of the portal looks like: illustrated through detailed patient/carer ‘journeys’ through the portal, looking at how people use the portal, and how this use has altered their access to the NHS.
  3. Explore approaches (e.g., patient training or portal promotion) to derive maximum benefit from portals and how these differ in required resources and costs. 

Findings will inform other hospitals on how to best to support older people to use patient portals. An exciting opportunity to develop strong implementation skills, supporting adoption of research into practice.

Training

The student can attend UEA modules on research methods. This includes an online postgraduate module in Implementation Science, developed by Dr Khadjesari. The School has a mentoring scheme, a writing café, an active Early Career Researcher Club, Annual Researcher Summit and fortnightly research staff drop-in sessions.  

Person specification

The ideal candidate should have a background in health sciences, or a related field, with experience in digital health and multiple research methods. The candidate should have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English are required.

This PhD project is in a Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences competition for funded studentships. These studentships are funded for 3 years and comprise UK (Home) fees, an annual stipend of £18,622 and £1,000 per annum for research training (RTSG). International applicants may apply but are required to secure additional funding to fund the difference between UK and overseas tuition fees (visit: https://www.uea.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/fees for details of Home and Overseas fee rates). 

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Start Date: October 2024

For more information on this project, please visit https://www.uea.ac.uk/search/courses/

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