Professor Alice Smith and Dr Tom Wilkinson have a 3 year PhD studentship available to study home based exercise in chronic kidney disease. The place is offered via the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Leicester.
Project description: Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) frequently suffer from muscle wasting, fatigue and poor physical function which lead to poor outcome, reduced quality of life and high healthcare costs.
Our group has shown that supervised resistance exercise is an effective approach to improving muscle mass and physical function, but in-centre programmes are not sustainable in the longer term.
This PhD project will 1) carry out a systematic review of the literature; 2) using a mixed-methods approach, explore the patient and healthcare staff perspectives of muscle mass, strength and function, the role of resistance training, and the requirements for an acceptable home-based programme; 3) design an intervention via an iterative co-production process; and 4) carry out a feasibility trial of home-based resistance exercise in CKD.
Details of the application process and eligibility criteria are contained in the pdf below and by visiting https://www2.le.ac.uk/research-degrees/funding/life-sciences/
This position will remain open until filled (no set closing date).