About the Project
In this distance-learning PhD the student will work with a Health Psychologist and GP to better understand which symptoms bother which people the most. The project has three stages: 1 The student will analyse a dataset (the USEFUL dataset) comprising data from 18,000 UK adults aged over 50 who have provided information on their symptom experiences over a 12 month period. The analysis will focus on understanding the personal characteristics of people who are most and least bothered by 25 different potential cancer symptoms. 2 The student will conduct a systematic review of symptom-bothersomeness as a prompt to help-seeking and develop a theoretical model of promoting awareness against a background of low-bothersomeness. 3. The student will plan a theoretical behavioural intervention aimed at prompting appropriate help-seeking for low-impact but potentially worrying symptoms. The student will interact with potential recipients of the intervention in digital focus groups to refine the proposed intervention.
This project is advertised in relation to the research areas of APPLIED HEALTH SCIENCE. Formal applications can be completed online: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/pgap/login.php. You should apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Health Science (Distance Learning), to ensure that your application is passed to the correct person for processing.
NOTE CLEARLY THE NAME OF THE SUPERVISOR AND EXACT PROJECT TITLE ON THE APPLICATION FORM.
Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject. Applicants with a minimum of a 2.2 Honours degree may be considered provided they have a Merit/Commendation/Distinction at Masters level.
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