KESS2 PhD in Healthcare Sciences: An investigation of disparities in cancer care for people with physical disabilities in Wales

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  • název organizace
    Cardiff University
    United Kingdom
  • termín uzávěrky
    Natural sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1) (Up to the point of PhD)

Project Description
Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships 2 (KESS2) is a pan-Wales higher-level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the Higher Education sector in Wales.

It is part-funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) West Wales and the Valleys programme, by partners from the West Wales and the Valleys areas of Wales, and by Cardiff University.

We have one PhD studentship open for an exciting project building on existing work focussing on inequalities in cancer care for people with disabilities in Wales.

Over two million people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer. There is some evidence suggesting there are disparities in access to cancer services for particular groups. Specifically, there is some evidence that people with disabilities are more likely be diagnosed with cancer later, when it is at an advanced stage, compared to people without disabilities. This has been linked, among other factors, to reduced use of screening services and increased barriers to accessing care.

The aim of the proposed PhD study is to investigate disparities in cancer care for people with physical disabilities in Wales. The objectives of the study are to:
  • Investigate disparities in diagnosis, including cancer stage, treatment and survival, between people with and without physical disabilities.
  • Explore the combined influence of disability and other demographic and socio-economic variables to cancer care access, as evidence suggests these might also have an effect.
  • Explore the experiences of these disparities.

The project will utilise a mixed-methods design, taking place in two stages (work packages):

1. quantitative element - linking and analysis of cross-sectional de-identified data
2. qualitative element - interviews with people regarding their experiences of cancer care.

This project will provide an opportunity for you to develop wide ranging skills and experiences within the health care field. It will also provide you with the opportunity to work with our third sector partner, Tenovus Cancer Care. During the first year of the PhD, we will develop a robust capacity building programme to ensure you have all the necessary skills to carry out the study, and take ownership of it, with supervisory input present to help steer its development.
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