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The costs of managing incontinence in Scotland


Project Description

REF SHLS-20009 Booth

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.

Aims
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 candidate will have a background in a health discipline or economics (2:1 first degree or higher) and as a PhD student they will be a member of the Ageing Well Research Group https://www.gcu.ac.uk/hls/research/researchgroups/ageingwell/

Supervisor research profiles
Prof Jo Booth - https://researchonline.gcu.ac.uk/en/persons/jo-booth

Prof Helen Mason - https://researchonline.gcu.ac.uk/en/persons/helen-mason

Prof Suzanne Hagen - https://researchonline.gcu.ac.uk/en/persons/suzanne-hagen

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: https://www.gcu.ac.uk/research/postgraduateresearchstudy/applicationprocess/.

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: Prof Jo Booth
Email:
GCU Research Online URL: https://researchonline.gcu.ac.uk/en/persons/jo-booth

2nd Supervisor Name: Prof Helen Mason
Email:
GCU Research Online URL: https://researchonline.gcu.ac.uk/en/persons/helen-mason

3rd Supervisor Name: Prof Suzanne Hagen
Email:
GCU Research Online URL: https://researchonline.gcu.ac.uk/en/persons/suzanne-hagen






Funding Notes

The studentship of £19,509 per year is for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress. The studentship covers the payment of tuition fees (£4,500 for UK/EU students or £15,000 for international students) plus an annual stipend of £15,009 for UK/EU students or an annual scholarship of £4,509 for international students.

How good is research at Glasgow Caledonian University in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 44.30

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