Over the last 15 years, an opioid crisis has gripped several countries accompanied by a parallel increase in opioid prescribing, opioid-related morbidity, and mortality. In the UK, 13% of the adult population (5.6 million people) had an opioid prescription dispensed for chronic non-cancer pain between 2017-18, according to Public Health England. Patients and clinicians face important challenges in attempting to balance benefits and harms of adequately managing chronic pain and development of adverse events, persistent opioid use and dependence. Electronic health records (EHRs) in hospitals and primary care contain a wealth of rich, routinely collected information that have the potential to drive improvements in patient care and research. Emerging patient generated data from mobile health and social media provide opportunities to capture the patient experience, including potential benefits and adverse events not routinely captured in EHRs. This PhD offers an opportunity to use these data to analyse a range of short and long-term outcomes, deemed important to patients and policy makers. The project has some flexibility and with the supervisors a specific project focussed on the applicant’s interests can be refined. This research will have potential to contribute to important public health and societal impact, enable safe prescribing by clinicians and most importantly improved patient outcomes.
The candidate should have experience and/or have received some training in public health, epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology or statistics.
1.Applicants are expected to hold, or about to obtain, a minimum upper second class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in public health, epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology, statistics, data science, or other related field. A Masters degree in a relevant subject and/or experience in a related subject area/discipline is desirable.
2. For information on how to apply for this project, please visit the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health Doctoral Academy website (https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/study/research/apply/). Informal enquiries may be made directly to the primary supervisor. On the online application form select the PhD title.
3. For international students, we also offer a unique 4 year PhD programme that gives you the opportunity to undertake an accredited Teaching Certificate whilst carrying out an independent research project across a range of biological, medical and health sciences. For more information please visit www.internationalphd.manchester.ac.uk