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Fit for surgery? Validating a suite of physical function assessments for patients undergoing elective surgery

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Aims

The aim of this project is to evaluate the use of CPET, muscle size, strength, physical function and other relevant data as predictors of post-operative outcomes.

Objectives and brief methodology

1. Use data already available at Manchester Foundation Trust to evaluate the predictive value of CPET for patient outcomes, including length of stay, hospital-related morbidity and quality of life, in order to stratify by surgery sub-types.
2. Develop a prospective study cohort to measure CPET, knee extensor muscle size and strength from patients undergoing similar elective surgery as those used for Objective 1 and using the same patient outcomes. This will also involve recruitment or a healthy comparator group.
3. Using data available from Objectives 1 and 2 alongside clinical biochemistry and other relevant patient data as well as a systematic evaluation of the literature to develop a peri-operative risk assessment “tool-box” to be used by clinicians making decisions about a patient’s fitness for elective surgery.

Main innovation

The goal is to provide an evidence-based “tool-box” to be used by clinicians making decisions about a patient’s fitness for elective surgery.

Applications


Applicants must apply using the online form on the University Alliance website at https://unialliance.ac.uk/dta/cofund/how-to-apply-2/. Full details of the programme, eligibility details and a list of available research projects can be seen at https://unialliance.ac.uk/dta/cofund/

The final deadline for application is 12 April 2019.

Funding Notes

DTA3/COFUND participants will be employed for 36 months with a minimum salary of (approximately) £20,989 per annum. Tuition fees will waived for DTA3/COFUND participants who will also be able to access an annual DTA elective bursary to enable attendance at DTA training events and interact with colleagues across the Doctoral Training Alliance(s).
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801604.

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