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The development of a Core Outcome Set (COS) for trials evaluating interventions focusing on adherence to appropriate polypharmacy


   School of Pharmacy

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  Prof C Hughes, Dr H Barry  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Adherence is the extent to which a person’s medication-taking behaviour corresponds with healthcare professional recommendations. Studies consistently report non-adherence, resulting in poorer clinical, patient-reported and economic outcomes. However, measuring adherence is difficult, and in studies, a range of different outcomes have been assessed and a range of different outcome measure have been used in relation to adherence. A Core Outcome Set (COS) has been defined as a a set of important outcomes which are agreed by consensus and should be measured to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions in trials of a specific health area. This project will aim to develop a COS for adherence to appropriate polypharmacy interventions. In addition, the project will also seek to identify what outcome measurement tools should be used in such studies.

Funding Notes

Applicants should have a 1st or 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Relevant subjects include Pharmacy, Molecular Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biochemistry, Biological/Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, or a closely related discipline. Students who have a 2.2 honours degree and a Master’s degree may also be considered, but the School reserves the right to shortlist for interview only those applicants who have demonstrated high academic attainment to date.
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