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Funded PhD Opportunity
Subject: Nursing and Health
Reminiscence, whereby photographs, music and film are used to prompt a discussion of past life events or experiences, is becoming more widespread in dementia care. Reminiscence works on the understanding that memories can be accessed in the early to moderate stages of dementia. It, therefore, draws on a person's strengths and abilities, rather than emphasising their difficulties and losses (Woods et al, 2012).
People living with dementia who are no longer able to remain at home, reside in supported accommodation or care homes. This transition has been widely recognised as distressing for individuals and families and has been associated with multiple losses such as identity, role and function in society (Ryan & McKenna, 2015). Reminiscence had the potential to ease this transition and to support people living with dementia and their carers to maintain their identity and personhood.
The proposed study builds on the InspireD study (Individual specific Reminiscence in Dementia) which designed and tested a reminiscence app for community dwelling people living with dementia and their carers. (https://research.hscni.net/sites/default/files/Executive%20summary%20RD%20Inspired%20final_0.pdf. Recognising the unique needs of people living with dementia in residential care, the proposed feasibility study aims to investigate the impact of a beyspoke reminiscence app on this population group with a specific focus on quality of life, identity and wellbeing.
The objectives are;
1)To develop and test the feasibility of the study in terms the impact of the reminiscence app on people living with mild to moderate dementia in long-term care settings.
2)To explore the views of relatives and care staff on the impact of technology facilitated reminiscence.
3)To maintain identity and promote quality of life and relationship in long-term care settings.
4) To analyse event logging such as patterns of usage (e.g. dates, times, duration and frequency) and reminiscence preferences (e.g. photographs, music, film).
5)To collect Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) data, which will enable participants to report on the impact of the reminiscence experience as they are using the app. This will limit the need to depend on memory or recall while also providing the research team with access to additional ‘in the moment’ data. EMA has a number of advantages over more traditional methods of data collection for people living with dementia. It can both complement and, in part, replace existing methods while permitting a more sensitive and wide ranging assessment of the impact of the app on quality of life and wellbeing (Potts et al, in prep).
6)To explore the extent, if any, to which the reminisce experience facilitates a more positive experience of life in long term residential care settings. This mixed methods study will be conducted in supported accommodation and care home settings and will employ both quantitative and qualitative measures of data collection.
Please note, the successful candidate will be required to obtain AccessNI clearance prior to registration due to the nature of the project.
If the University receives a large number of applicants for the project, the following desirable criteria may be applied to shortlist applicants for interview.
The University offers the following awards to support PhD study and applications are invited from UK, EU and overseas for the following levels of support:
The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home rate and a maintenance allowance of £ 15,009 per annum for three years. EU applicants will only be eligible for the fee’s component of the studentship (no maintenance award is provided). For Non-EU nationals the candidate must be "settled" in the UK. This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.
Due consideration should be given to financing your studies; for further information on cost of living etc. please refer to: www.ulster.ac.uk/doctoralcollege/postgraduate-research/fees-and-funding/financing-your-studies
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