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Development of a diabetes prevention intervention using a blood glucose meter

Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport

About the Project

Type 2 diabetes is a global epidemic, but lifestyle changes relating to diet and physical activity can delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes among high risk individuals, such as people with impaired glucose regulation (IGR) (those with high blood glucose levels, but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes). Our diabetes research group wish is developing a low-cost, minimal-contact intervention tailored for people in the community who have had a blood test that is indicative of IGR/high risk for type 2 diabetes, in order to encourage behaviour change for diabetes prevention. This involves regular use of a blood glucose meter – this experiential element is novel and has never previously been incorporated into a behaviour change intervention for IGR. We have already shown that people with IGR are willing to use a blood glucose meter and have draft content for a 6 month intervention built around blood glucose testing. This PhD studentship would provide the opportunity to refine, then carry out a feasibility study of the intervention.

The PhD proposal builds upon current research into the epidemiology of IGR. It supports the work of the Public Health research group at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Univerisity of Stirling, which has already carried out preliminary work to demonstrate the feasibility of giving people with IGR a blood glucose meter to help with learning and behaviour change.

It is expected that the student will use participatory methods to elicit user feedback about the intervention. They will then conduct a feasibility study of the intervention using mixed-methods. This project would therefore provide an excellent vehicle for a PhD student to receive extensive training in a range of research methods and techniques.

Funding Notes

The project is self-funded, however the opportunity may occasionally arise for paid tasks relating to teaching and research within the Faculty.

Further information relating to fees and funding can be found here: View Website

To be eligible for this studentship, you should have:
• A 1st or 2:1 degree in a Health/Social Science/Statistics subject.
• A Masters degree in a relevant topic area (e.g. public health, statistics, sociology) including research methods modules as part of the course.
• Where applicable, an overall IELTS of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each element.
• An interest in diabetes and health.

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