A Phd Studentship is available at the Centre for Evidence Based Hand Surgery (CEBHS) on developing a core outcome set for hand fractures and joint injuries.
Hand fractures are the most common fractures in the body; they affect all ages and have a significant impact on patients and healthcare resources. Despite this, there is no consensus on the optimal treatment of common hand fractures and associated joint injuries. The diversity of such injuries treated by different treatment modalities, as well as the lack of consistency in outcome reporting and research methodological standards make any existing evidence difficult to interpret and apply to clinical practice. There is a pressing need for appropriate and relevant outcome assessment in this setting.
A core outcome set is an agreed minimum set of outcomes that should be measured and reported in all clinical trials of a specific disease, condition or study population. The primary research question this work aims to address is what key health domains should be measured when considering the outcome of treatment of hand fractures and joint injuries. This should be underpinned by an understanding of what is important to patients.
The project could involve systematic review of existing outcome measures used in hand fracture trials, qualitative work with patients, patient and public involvement in research and consensus work involving patients, clinicians and researchers.
For more information and details of how to apply, please see the advertisement on the University of Nottingham Jobs webpages.
The closing date of application is Monday, 6th November 2017.
Posted on Monday 4th September 2017