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Multimorbidity in people with musculoskeletal disorders

  • Full or part time
    Dr G Hendry
    Prof M Steultjens
    Dr S Smith
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Project reference number: SHLS19015

Multimorbidity is a major national health priority. This is due to its high and rising prevalence, the complexity of care need, and demands on patients and practitioners for seeking and delivering care. Musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders are a near ubiquitous feature of multimorbidity in general, and form a major component of mental-physical multimorbidities. The co-existence of painful MSK and other long-term conditions impairs patients’ coping and self-management abilities, resulting in reduced quality of life. Healthcare inequalities driven by social deprivation may exist, and there may be important training needs for health professionals working in MSK services that are required to facilitate better holistic management. This PhD will be shaped by the student, but is anticipated that it would seek to evaluate 1) the burden of MSK multimorbidity from the perspectives of patients, health professionals and the NHS, and 2) identification and evaluation of strategies to improve the health and well-being of this patient population.

Methods involved in this studentship may include literatures reviews, primary quantitative data collection, analysis of linked datasets, and qualitative data collection via interviews and/or focus groups as appropriate. The PhD could focus on patient-level self-management intervention development via co-production, service level aspects of care delivery, and/or clinician training needs recommendations. This studentship will target unmet need, current deficiencies in care, and inequalities which are likely driven by social deprivation.


The successful applicant will hold a minimum of a first degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant health or related discipline. Previous experience of quantitative and qualitative research methodology is desirable.
Candidates are requested to submit a detailed research proposal (of a maximum of 2000 words) on the project area as part of their application.

Research Strategy and Research Profile

Glasgow Caledonian University’s research is framed around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, We address the Goals via three societal challenge areas of Inclusive Societies, Healthy Lives and Sustainable Environments. For more. This project is part of the research activity of the Musculoskeletal Health Research Group –

How to Apply

This project is available as a 3 years full-time PhD study programme with a start date of 1st October 2019. Part-time PhD study options are also available.
For information on How to apply and the online application form please go to
Applicants shortlisted for the PhD project will be contacted for an interview.

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