Exploring sedentary behaviour and physical activity in Crohn’s disease

   Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

  Dr Jason Wilson, Dr Conor McClean, Dr Lizzy Deery, Dr Nicole Blackburn  Monday, February 26, 2024  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Crohn’s disease (CD) is an inflammatory bowel disease, causing long-lasting symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhoea, fatigue and fever. Lifestyle factors, such as exercise, appear to play an important role in the risk of developing CD as well as managing related symptoms.

Current gaps in research literature include a lack of device-based measurement of sitting and physical activity in CD, with dependence on self-report tools, which are liable to poor recall. Considering excessive and prolonged sitting has been implicated in numerous health outcomes, the potential value of targeting sedentary behaviour in those with CD is unknown. Although some qualitative evidence has highlighted the perceived beneficial effects and potential barriers of physical activity for those with CD, these findings may not necessarily be generalisable across other countries. Giving full context on how device-based sedentary behaviour and physical activity is associated with self-reported CD symptoms is also lacking.

The project aims to explore physical activity and sedentary behaviour in individuals with CD. The objectives are to:

1.   To review the current research literature on the typical levels of sedentary behaviour and physical activity, alongside measurement strategies, in those with CD.

2.   To explore the perceptions of key stakeholders (e.g. patients, healthcare professionals and charities / support groups), on the role of sedentary behaviour and physical activity in those with CD.

3.   To understand the levels of device-measured sedentary behaviour and physical activity, and how they are linked with self-reported symptoms in a sample with CD.

This PhD project would suit a graduate from Sport and Exercise Sciences, Public Health, Psychology, Human Biology or a related area. Applicants should have good knowledge of techniques related to physical activity measurement and/or experience conducting qualitative research. The ability to communicate clearly and effectively through oral and written means is also desirable.

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