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University of East Anglia PhD Scholarship in Health Sciences

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The University of East Anglia is proud to announce PhD Scholarships. All the interested and brilliant students are invited to this wonderful opportunity. This programme is available for the academic session 2021-2022.

Project Description

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Digital healthcare services have dramatically multiplied, from simple text appointment reminders and online bookings to remote health e-monitoring. COVID-19-related social restrictions have further helped expand novel digital options to connect to health and social support, however the most vulnerable in our communities either cannot or a genetically choose not to access digital health care, and so experience digital poverty. In 2018, 10% of the population were non-internet users, with cost as a key reason for this [1]. Yet older people from the most deprived communities have higher risks of health problems linked to multiple inequalities [2].

Older people may have access to the means to use digital health care but may still choose not to engage. Being reluctant to engage may be related to culture or to mental health problems or to their social networks [3]. Other older people may try to engage, but find that living with a cognitive impairment presents challenges with access to current systems [4].

Reasons why more excluded older people may be digitally excluded are therefore diverse and less evidenced. Therefore this PhD will draw on social science methodologies to scope, in Year 1, evidence of the nature and extent of digital exclusion and inclusion of agentic older people from local and national health systems.

In Year 2, this scoping exercise will enable the student to refine their focus and methodology for an ethnographic investigation of the impact of digital healthcare trends on older people’s health and access to services. The innovative focus and design will include attending to post-COVID constraints on relationships and practices and collaboratively involve older participants. The reported study findings will help inform the development of digital initiatives to support older peoples’ agentic access to services, so as to optimise and not further exclude already-excluded groups of older people.

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications isFebruary 28 2021

Award Information

This PhD project is in a Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences competition for funded studentships. These studentships are funded for three years and comprise UK fees, an annual stipend of £15,285 and £1000 per annum for research training. Overseas applicants (including EU) may apply but must fund the difference between home and overseas tuition fees.

Eligibility

Entry Requirements: 2:1 in Sociology, psychology, health or social care research-relevant disciplines and a Masters level qualification in related disciplines

Application Process

This PhD project is in a Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences competition for funded studentships. These studentships are funded for 3 years and comprise UK fees, an annual stipend of £15,285 and £1000 per annum for research training. Overseas applicants (including EU) may apply but are required to fund the difference between home and overseas tuition fees.

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