This project will run within the context of a larger trial. We have secured funding from The Stroke Association to run a feasibility phase II RCT of a peer-befriending scheme for people with post-stroke aphasia (01/06/16 - 30/11/19). 15-30% of stroke survivors are left with aphasia: marked difficulties in understanding and using language. Aphasia has a profound impact of people’s wellbeing. The SUPERB trial will evaluate the feasibility of a study on the clinical and cost-effectiveness of peer befriending for people with aphasia post-stroke. The economic evaluation work package of the SUPERB trial will explore the feasibility of using the identified research tools and data collection methods with people with aphasia. It will also consider the relative cost-effectiveness of peer befriending compared to usual care. We are seeking a doctoral student to undertake aspects of this work. The doctoral student will i) complete a systematic literature review on measures that have been used in health economic evaluations in populations with acquired neurological conditions that affect communication (e.g. stroke, dementia, Parkinson Disease, acquired brain injury) and critically summarise the findings; ii) work with consultants with aphasia, speech and language therapists and the project team to adjust a suitable measure, like the Client Service Receipt Inventory (CSRI) for use with people with aphasia; iii) devise and execute the collection and analysis of health economics data from the SUPERB participants (n=60).
Recommended Skills: 1. Knowledge of Health Economics (essential) 2. Excellent communication and interviewing skills (essential) 3. Prior experience of working with clinical populations, particularly with communication or cognitive disorders (desirable)
A doctoral studentship will provide: • An annual bursary (£16,000 in 2016/17) • All fees for PhD student registration paid for UK and EU students. Applications are welcome from overseas applicants but the applicant must make appropriate arrangements to cover the difference between the overseas and UK tuition fee • Research costs up to £1000 over the three years.