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Population description checklist for cochrane systematic reviews of stroke rehabilitation interventions (PISCES)

Project Description

SHLS-20006 Campbell

Background: Analyses of high quality randomised controlled trials (RCTs), systematic reviews and meta-analyses of trial data have helped to inform treatment decisions for rehabilitation after stroke. However, there remain areas for improvement, particularly in facilitating the appropriate clinical application of research findings. In order to inform clinical decisions, the participant populations on which evidence of efficacy is based need to be adequately described in systematic reviews. Lack of clarity can affect the interpretation of results for use in a clinical population.

Aim: To improve the reporting of participant populations from which evidence is derived, in systematic reviews of stroke rehabilitation interventions.

Methods: This project will combine literature reviews and international consensus building activities using the methodological framework for developing reporting guidelines outlined by the EQUATOR Network, to generate participant descriptor recommendations for adoption and use in systematic reviews of stroke rehabilitation interventions.
Implications: Generation of a participant descriptor checklist for use in systematic reviews, with involvement of international stakeholders, would enable clinicians seeking guidance on treatment efficacy to apply research findings to appropriate clinical populations. International adoption of such guidelines would enable effective translation of research findings into clinical practice.

Candidates are requested to submit a protocol (maximum of 2000 words) on the project area as part of the application.
It is desirable that the successful candidate will have experience in conducting systematic reviews.

How to Apply
This project is available as a 3 years full-time PhD study programme with expected start date of 1 October 2020.

Candidates are encouraged to contact the research supervisors for the project before applying.

To apply for this project, use the following link to access the online application form, as well as further information on how to apply:

Applicants shortlisted for the PhD project will be contacted for an interview within four weeks from the closing date.

Please send any other enquires regarding your application to:

Director of Studies
Name: Pauline Campbell
GCU Research Online URL:

2nd Supervisor Name: Myzoon Ali
GCU Research Online URL:

3rd Supervisor Name: Tammy Hoffmann
GCU Research Online URL:

Funding Notes

Exceptional candidates will be put forward for the scholarship competition. The Scholarship packages available include fully funded studentships and fees only scholarships. The fully funded studentships are worth £19,509 per year for 3 years, subject to satisfactory progress. They cover payment of tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend of £15,009.

For further details on funding see View Website

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