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.
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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