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The costs of managing incontinence in Scotland

  • Full or part time
    Prof H Mason
    Prof J Booth
    Prof S Hagen
  • 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: SHLS19019

Urinary incontinence is common, currently affecting up to one third of all adults and is a growing problem. While not life-limiting incontinence is life-changing. It impacts on every aspect of a person’s daily life and is associated with real misery, from social isolation and depression to physical ill-health and financial poverty. More older women experience incontinence than breast cancer, heart disease or diabetes but the condition is taboo and research has shown that less than one third of those affected seek professional help. Reasons for this include seeing incontinence as ‘normal’, being embarrassed to discuss it with a doctor or nurse and lack of knowledge about possible treatments. Commonly people will self-manage using absorbent pads. These are expensive and often unnecessary, but current advertising campaigns by manufacturers are attempting to ‘normalise’ urine leakage and use of such products. This PhD will explore personal decision-making in relation to bladder care and ongoing care, priorities for self-management and influencing factors, including economic considerations, to provide insights into future delivery models for continence care.


This PhD will focus on developing a model to determine the ‘costs’ of managing urinary incontinence in Scotland. It may include exploring peoples’ preferences for continence care.


The successful applicant will have a first degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant subject area including health and economics.
Candidates are requested to submit a more 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. This project is part of the research activity of the Research Group –

How to Apply

This project is available as a 3 year full-time PhD study programme with a start date of 1st October 2019
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.

Funding Notes

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