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Evaluation of pain in dementia including the evaluation of a new measure: the Pain Assessment in Impaired Cognition (PAIC) meta-tool

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    Dr McGuinness
    Prof Passmore
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
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Project Description

*FUNDING CONFIRMED*

Pain is very common but is not easily recognised in people with dementia. Currently, there are no universally accepted tools for identifying pain in people with dementia. Tools that are available are not readily used and it is of interest to examine what barriers to their use exist.

In order to address the need for a reliable tool to diagnose pain in people with dementia, the Pain Assessment in Impaired Cognition (PAIC) meta-tool was developed by an international panel of experts. The PAIC is comprised of the best scientifically-verified pain assessment indicators from existing pain assessment methods in dementia.

Building on the work of an EU Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action, we propose to evaluate the PAIC to determine if it is helpful for identifying the presence and severity of pain in people with dementia in residential facilities and at home. We will examine the ability of the PAIC to correctly classify people as having pain either at rest or during transfer, whether it can be reliably used by different staff on different occasions, and which items on the scale are most useful. Finally, we will evaluate the usability of the tool via qualitative research with health professionals and carers.

PLEASE NOTE:

This project will involve Regulated Activity (working with children and/or vulnerable groups).

The successful applicant will be required to supply their details to the School Postgraduate Office in order for a criminal history check to be undertaken (Enhanced Disclosure Checks). The project will be conditional on the successful applicant being issued with a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Certificate.

REQUIREMENTS

Candidates should have or expect to obtain a 2:1 or higher Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant biomedical or life sciences subject.

English Language

Candidates applying from countries where the first language is not English should produce evidence of their competence through a qualification such as IELTS or TOEFL score.

The minimum recommended score for the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Science is:
• IELTS score of 6.0 with not less than 5.5 in each of the four component elements of listening, reading, speaking and writing taken within the last 2 years;
• TOEFL score of 80+ (internet basted test), taken within the last 2 years, with minimum component scores of; Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 17);
• A valid Certificate of Proficiency in English grade A or B;
• A valid Certificate of Advanced English grade A; or
• A first or upper second class honours degree from a university based in the UK, Republic of Ireland or other suitably quality assured location in a country deemed by the UK Border Agency to be majority English speaking.

For a list of English Language qualifications also accepted by the School and University please see the following link:
http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/StudyatQueens/InternationalStudents/EnglishLanguageRequirements/

The English Language Unit (ELU) offers both pre-sessional and in-sessional courses in English for academic purposes and study skills. Courses vary in length and full information can be obtained from the ELU http://www.qub.ac.uk/tefl/

Funding Notes

*FUNDING CONFIRMED*

DEL Research Studentships

Eligibility for both fees and maintenance (£14,057 for 2015/16, 2016/17 TBC) depends on the applicants being either an ordinary UK resident or those EU residents who have lived permanently in the UK for the 3 years immediately preceding the start of the studentship.

Non UK residents who hold EU residency may also apply but if successful may receive fees only.

For further details re eligibility criteria (including academic, citizenship and residency criteria) please click on the following link: http://www.delni.gov.uk/index/further-and-higher-education/higher-education/studentfinance/he-student-info-postgrad-finance.htm

References

Please visit the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Centre for Public Health, website for further details about the Centre:

http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/CentreforPublicHealth/

When applying, please choose 'MEDICINE' as your subject area/School.

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