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Developing a questionnaire to assesses patients’ experiences of audiology services

Project Description

There is growing interest in measuring patients’ experiences of clinical services. This can be used to measure quality, evaluate quality improvement initiatives and compare services. Recently, a Dutch questionnaire was developed and validated for adults with complex hearing and balance problems (Hendricks et al, 2017). No such questionnaire exists for the UK National Health Service (NHS) or for specific patient groups such as children with hearing loss or adult hearing aid users. The aim of this PhD is to develop, validate and apply one, or more, of these measures within the context of the UK NHS. This will involve: (1) a qualitative phase to identify relevant topics and questions, (2) investigation of the psychometric properties of the questionnaire, and (3) evaluation of clinical services using a revised questionnaire.

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Ideally, you will have a first class undergraduate degree and a postgraduate qualification that included a research project e.g. MSc or MRes. Evidence of research output (e.g. peer-reviewed publication, newsletter article, conference presentation) would be advantageous.
The project is suitable if you require excellent research training, in a stimulating and active environment, in order to become an independent, international researcher. It will also be suitable to you if you are a health professional whose career aspirations involve a combination of research with clinical activities. Good writing skills will be essential.
Candidates with an interest in audiology, hearing science, psychology, neuroscience, medical/clinical science or related discipline are encouraged to apply. For information on how to apply for this project, please visit the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health Doctoral Academy website ( Informal enquiries may be made directly to the primary supervisor.

For international students we also offer a unique 4 year PhD programme that gives you the opportunity to undertake an accredited Teaching Certificate whilst carrying out an independent research project across a range of biological, medical and health sciences. For more information please visit

Funding Notes

Applications are invited from self-funded students. This project has a Band 2 fee. Details of our different fee bands can be found on our website (View Website). For information on how to apply for this project, please visit the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health Doctoral Academy website (View Website).

As an equal opportunities institution we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.


1. 2016-2019. “Time to face the music: Addressing hearing health in future professional musicians” Dawes (PI), Munro (15%), Plack, Ginsburg, Armitage, Moore. Colt Foundation: £152k.
2. 2014-2019. “The physiological bases and perceptual consequences of ‘hidden’ noise-induced hearing loss” Plack (PI), Heinz, Hall, Léger, Munro (10%), Kluk-de Kort, Francis. MRC: £1.2m.
3. 2016-19. “Why does mitochondrial dysfunction cause severe deafness and ovarian failure?” Newman (PI) O’Keefe, Munro (10%), Davis. Action Medical Research £170k.
4. 2016-18. “Hearing device research” Munro (PI-100%). Marston Foundation: £213k.
5. 2015-17. “Improving clinical practice in the early care pathway for deaf babies” Munro (PI - 50%), Stone, Uus, Bolton, Purdy, Bell, Simpson, Roberts. National Institute of Health Research: £349k.
6. 2014-17. “Molecular characterization of Perrault syndrome” Newman (PI), O’Keefe, Munro (25%). Action on Hearing Loss: £72k.
7. 2014-17. “Using health behavioural change approaches to predict and encourage hearing aid uptake and adherence in adults” Munro (PI – 50%), Armitage. Phonak AG: £60k.
8. 2014-17. “Understanding and treating hidden hearing loss” Action on Hearing Loss. Plack (PI), Munro (25%): £72k

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