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PhD Studentship: Impact of Daily Endometriosis Symptom Monitoring on Health Behaviours, Psychosocial Wellbeing, and Pain Management

Cardiff University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Cardiff
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: £18,662 p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 22nd December 2023
Closes: 1st March 2024

It takes on average 8 years to receive a diagnosis of endometriosis in Wales with similar delays internationally (Endometriosis Task & Finish Group, 2018). Individuals with endometriosis trial many different interventions to manage symptoms and their impact on daily functioning (Manderson et al., 2018). Endometriosis leads to significant negative impact on emotional wellbeing, intimate relationships, and overall quality of life (Fourquet et al., 2011; Moradi et al., 2014). Endometriosis is also associated with financial burden to individuals and society as symptoms may lead to absences and loss of productivity in workplaces or schools, and high healthcare costs (Soliman et al., 2017; 2016). Individuals with endometriosis may engage in self-management of symptoms while they await healthcare, to cope with the chronic nature of the disease and it’s impacts on quality of life.

Self-management does not have a single, ‘gold standard’ definition but can be broadly conceptualised as an individual’s active engagement in tasks or activities to manage their symptoms, their treatment, and the physical and psychosocial changes involved in living with a chronic condition (Barlow et al., 2002). However, there can be obstacles to self-management, such as feeling as though you do not understand your symptoms or are unable to control your symptoms, which in turn, may lead to challenges in executing strategies to manage the disease (Jones et al., 2004).

Symptom monitoring is a key element of self-management (Barlow et al., 2002).
This increased knowledge about symptoms may in turn facilitate health behaviours and pain management approaches (O’Hara et al., 2019).

This research programme broadly aims to study the impact of endometriosis symptom monitoring on health-management behaviours and psychosocial wellbeing.

Home students are UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements (students must have been in the UK for >3 years before start of course). As only a limited number of studentships are available across the Open School competition and a very high standard of applications is typically received, the successful applicants are likely to have a very good first degree (a First or Upper Second class BSc Honours or equivalent) and/or be distinguished by having relevant research experience.

Studentships are awarded on a competitive basis in competition with other projects in the Open School competition. The studentship commences in October 2024, covers 3 years tuition fees and maintenance, with submission deadline of 4 years. The 2023/4 full-time maintenance grant was £18,662 p.a. Psychology students receive conference and participant money (~£2,250), computer, office space, access to courses and become members of the Doctoral Academy. Please select most appropriate advert for your Research and specify that you’re applying for this project and supervisor.

For any queries about this studentship, please contact the supervisor by email - Robyn Jackowich JackowichR@cardiff.ac.uk.

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