Supervisors: A/Prof Patricia Valery (QIMRB) and Prof Elizabeth Powell (hepatologist, University of Queensland, Princess Alexandra Hospital)
- PhD project, may also be considered for a MPhil or Honours project
Effective chronic disease management can be optimised if patients have the knowledge and skills to contribute to their health management. Self-management has been shown to be important for other chronic diseases, and improvements through education interventions have been reported. The study will be the first to comprehensively assess health literacy and support needs among patients with cirrhosis. We have the potential to identify new areas where suitable interventions may delay the natural progression of disease.
We are currently collecting data for a large cross-sectional study of people diagnosed with cirrhosis (over 300 patients have been recruited and interviewed to date). Through patient interviews the study will: (i) assess patients’ (a) knowledge about cirrhosis and self-care tasks; (b) adherence to medications and self-care tasks; (c) source of health information and health education preferences; (d) prevalence of unmet supportive care needs; and (e) use of hospital, community and allied health services; and (ii) Assess the impact of clinical and socio-demographic factors on health literacy (knowledge about cirrhosis/self-care tasks), adherence to medications and self-care tasks, preferences in health education, unmet supportive care needs, and use of hospital, community and allied health services.
The student will be involved in data collection (patient interviews) and data analysis. Interested students should have a clinical background (preferably medicine or nursing but allied health professionals would be considered).
With this project, the student will gain experience in public health research, epidemiology, and statistics, particularly in the field of chronic liver disease.