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Participatory action research applying a marginal gains approach to improve meaningful, personalised activity for people with advanced dementia.

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    Dr M Brown
    Dr R Macrae
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
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Project Description

This is a three year long funded studentship based with the ASCPP in Lanarkshire. Here is an opportunity to be involved in an innovative and supportive partnership between the University of the West of Scotland and two leading Scottish Charities. The proposed research study will be co-developed with residents, family and staff at Erskine, academics and researchers from the ASCPP and Alzheimer Scotland.

This research will support human rights and improve quality of life for people with advanced dementia living in a care home through engagement in meaningful activities. People living in the advanced period of dementia can have fewer opportunities to engage in activity attuned to their reduced communication, understanding and mobility. This can lead to reduction in movement, fewer opportunities to experience pleasure, limited social engagement and more rapid deterioration. Working directly with people at the advanced stage of dementia this study will use small continuous change processes, called marginal gains, to examine equal opportunities for activity and find new ways and ideas to improve quality of life.

Supervisory team

Dr Margaret Brown (ASCPP), Dr Rhoda Macrae (ASCPP), Dr Angela Beggan (School of Health and Life Sciences, UWS).

Funding Notes

We are looking for enthusiastic and outstanding candidates with a degree relevant to this project, an excellent attitude to collaborative research, attention to detail, ability to withstand a fast learning curve, good communication skills and most importantly, creative enthusiasm. Creating a bridge from science on Earth to the ISS is achieved by so few people and with this fully-funded UWS PhD scholarship you could be one of them. The scholarship is available to students from the UK and EU. The studentship offers an annual stipend of £14,777 per annum for three years and payment of the tuition fees.

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