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A randomised pilot study of a theory-based intervention to improve appropriate polypharmacy in older people in primary care (PolyPrime)


School of Pharmacy

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Prof C Hughes , Dr H Barry Applications accepted all year round Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Historically, polypharmacy was viewed negatively (too many medicines), but the advent of multimorbidity and the plethora of treatment guidelines have led to prescribing of multiple medicines, particularly in the older population. A theory-based intervention, targeting prescribing of appropriate polypharmacy in primary care, has been developed and is undergoing pilot testing in general practice in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as part of a randomized controlled trial (RCT). This PhD project will focus on aspects of intervention evaluation, particularly in relation to qualitative data collection, process evaluation and understanding the mechanism of action of the intervention components.

Funding Notes

Applicants should have a 1st or 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Relevant subjects include Pharmacy, Molecular Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biochemistry, Biological/Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, or a closely related discipline. Students who have a 2.2 honours degree and a Master’s degree may also be considered, but the School reserves the right to shortlist for interview only those applicants who have demonstrated high academic attainment to date
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