This studentship offers the successful candidate the opportunity to undertake a qualitative study at doctoral level exploring the experiences of pregnant women who receive acupuncture as an intervention for low back pain (LBP). This exciting opportunity will include the study of factors that might impact on the acceptance and success of acupuncture for LBP in pregnancy and importantly identify how these factors may influence pregnant women’s experiences of care for their pain. In doing so, it will enable the student to develop the wide variety of research learning and skills necessary to developing a career at post-doctoral level.
It is intended that participants will be interviewed taking a longitudinal, case study approach so a strong interest in qualitative research methods is essential. Applicants should also have a good first degree and demonstrate evidence of recent M level study in a social science or health discipline or similar appropriate experience.
If successful you will be part of the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre at Keele which has a large and dynamic research programme in Pain and Osteoarthritis. It is one of the foremost research centres in the UK with a national and international reputation for excellence. The Centre includes a multidisciplinary grouping of social scientists working alongside clinicians, epidemiologists, psychologists and statisticians. You will join a vibrant, close-knit and supportive group of over 40 postgraduate students, and will play a full part in the Centre, presenting at internal seminars, attending journal clubs, student group meetings and external seminars. You will have access to training and education courses taught by world-class academics and the opportunity to present your research at national and international conferences.
All fees paid at current UK/EU rates. 2012/13 rate is £3,825 Stipend paid at current Research Council rate £13,590 per annum