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Increasing the physical activity levels and quality of life of paediatric cancer patients and their family: A family based approach

   School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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  Dr Elizabeth Stamp, Dr S Costa, Dr CD Stevinson  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

This studentship provides an exciting opportunity to have real world impact on the life of paediatric cancer patients and their families. The PhD will explore physical activity levels, barriers to being active, and psychological and physical quality of life in paediatric cancer patients and their families, in order to develop a holistic family-based intervention to enhance physical activity levels and quality of life.

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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The School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences has been ranked 1st in the world for Sport-related Subjects (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020).

Full Project Detail:

A paediatric cancer diagnosis presents a challenging time and has a negative impact on both the child and the family. The demand of caregiving for a child living with cancer can cause parents to neglect their own health and health behaviours. Parents of paediatric cancer patients have reported lower levels of physical activity, and poorer physical and psychosocial quality of life, compared to parents of healthy children. In turn, parents’ distress can have a negative impact on their child’s health-related quality of life, possibly compounding the negative effects that cancer treatment has on the child.

It is widely acknowledged that physical activity is one method of reducing distress, enhancing health, and decreasing the likelihood of a cancer recurrence of paediatric cancer patients, yet children and parents report reduced physical activity levels following the child’s cancer diagnosis. There is currently limited research regarding family-based interventions for paediatric cancer patients. Therefore, this PhD will explore the unmet needs related to physical activity and quality of life in paediatric cancer patients and their families. This will inform the development of a holistic intervention to increase physical activity and enhance quality of life for the whole family alongside the child receiving cancer treatment.

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Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in in a relevant subject. A relevant Master’s degree will be an advantage.

Contact details:

Name: Elizabeth Stamp

Email address: [Email Address Removed]

Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 226495

How to apply:

 All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select “School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences”. Please upload your CV and research proposal (max. 500 words).

 Please quote reference number: SSEHS/ES

Funding Notes

The studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £15,609 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate. International (including EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will cover the International tuition fee only.
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