|UK Students, EU Students, International Students
|£18,622 Competition Funded Project (Home and International)
|31st October 2023
|15th January 2024
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.
Conducted at three hospitals which have used portals for different durations, objectives include:
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.
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.
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).
Start Date: October 2024
For more information on this project, please visit https://www.uea.ac.uk/search/courses/
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