Nursing & Midwifery

Examination of ways to develop established rehabilitation interventions into tailored interventions for supported self-management of rehabilitation for long-term conditions in community settings.

Projects would involve critical evaluation of the literature and systematic review to determine the effectiveness of the selected interventions and to examine the context, timing and populations in which they have already been examined.

Inclusive measurement: adapted health and well-being surveys

People with disabilities face exclusion from routine health care assessments as measures and related processes are rarely adapted or adequately supported through assistance. People with cognitive disabilities may not understand complex worded questionnaire items, people without hand control may not be able to complete paper and pencil surveys, and people with visual impairments may not be able to read the items. These are just a few examples of potential sources of exclusion.

The role of neighbourhood characteristics in the promotion of physical activity and social participation

People with physical and intellectual disabilities have been rarely the target of general health promotion activities that seek to enhance general physical activity and fitness. Most research in this area so far has focused on individual-level factors, such as demographic and disability characteristics. However, there is some indication that environmental factors play a key role in determining whether a person with a disability engages in activity or not.

Post-traumatic stress and opportunities for social participation for people living with the disabling consequences of violence

Survivors of interpersonal or domestic violence who experience physical or mental health disabilities as a consequence face particular challenges in areas of social participation, such as education, employment, leisure activities. Moreover, the complexities associated with the consequences of disabling injuries, post-traumatic stress, and lack of social support are not sufficiently understood. This poses particular challenges for health care services, and family members.

Understanding consequences of the work environment on staff well-being and care delivery in qualified nurses

Stress levels in nursing remain high and have the potential to increase as the work environment of the nurse becomes more complex. My own research, based upon Karasek’s (1979) Job Demand, Job Control model suggest that decisional control is a key issue in determining well-being at work.  Work-based support is also thought to have positive effects on staff well-being and to protect the quality of care they provide.  Potential PhD projects in this area could relate to the following

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