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Development of strategies for implementation of digital technologies in medical consultations

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, January 05, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Greater use of digital technologies is increasingly offered up as a potential solution for health and social care services which are struggling to respond to demand. The internet is an integrated part of most people’s everyday lives and increasingly employed as the preferred platform for self-care. However, we know from existing research studies that patients may find it difficult to raise prior use of the internet in consultations and that use by health professionals in consultations is also perceived to be problematic.

The project will comprise of secondary analysis of an existing dataset (Harnessing Resources from the Internet to maximise outcomes from GP consultations (HaRI) study) to identify ways in which the internet and other digital technologies are raised and discussed in everyday practice. The practices, once identified, will form the basis of qualitative empirical work with health professionals and patients to co-produce open skills training to implement identified practices into primary care consultations.

The HaRI data set comprise 281 videotaped consultations and brief surveys, 28 interviews with selected patients and interviews with all participating GPs (10 in total).

The initial identification of strategies will preferably be done using conversation analysis. Conversation analysis focuses on a detailed exploration of the features of the ways people talk and interact with others and the interactional consequences for how interactions can develop. Full training will be given. The second part of the work is to develop what has been termed as “open skills training”; that is training based on evidence from real life practice, to consider what happens in practice and understand the consequences of any actions. The co-production work will employ a range of qualitative techniques (such as observations, focus groups, interviews).

All candidates should preferably hold a Master’s qualification (or complete their Master’s by September 2019) in an appropriate discipline and have a minimum of a 2:1 or equivalent in their first degree. Applicants should preferably have knowledge of the UK health and care system. All applicants are required to have excellent written and verbal communication skills. They should also be willing to work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary and multi-professional teams.

Project-specific skills and experience required

Essential:
Skills in qualitative data collection and thematic analysis.
Interest in medical interaction.
Interest in medical communication and the development of strategies for implementation.
Interest in the theoretical and practical issues of implementing research findings into practice.

Desirable:
Knowledge and experience of conversation analysis.

All candidates should hold a Master’s qualification (or complete their Master’s by September 2019) in an appropriate discipline and have a minimum of a 2:1 or equivalent in their first degree. Applicants should preferably have knowledge of the UK health and care system. All applicants are required to have excellent written and verbal communication skills. They should also be willing to work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary and multi-professional teams.

Contact

For general enquiries, please email:
For project specific queries, please contact: Professor Fiona Stevenson:

Applications

Closing date: 05/01/2020;
Interviews: 29/01/2020
For applications and other information please visit our main NIHR ARC North Thames funded PhD studentships page: https://www.findaphd.com/phds/program/nihr-arc-north-thames-funded-phd-studentships/?p2695

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