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Two fantastic PhD opportunities

We are currently advertising two PhD Studentships which link to and extend our current work on polypharmacy (co-prescription of five or more medicines) and multimorbidity (presence of two or more ongoing medical conditions). One takes a socio-historical approach to investigating the phenomenon, the other focuses on polypharmacy in working age adults.

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Medicines as emotional objects: Multimorbidity and Polypharmacy in Socio-Historical Perspective (deadline 25th November 2019)

This 3-year PhD project is funded through the Life Sciences Initiative at Queen Mary University of London and is a collaboration between the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health and the Centre for the History of Emotions.

It arises from the shared interests of two existing research programmes: a NIHR-funded project, Addressing the Polypharmacy Challenge in Older People with Multimorbidity (APOLLO-MM) and a Wellcome-funded project, Living with Feeling. The successful student will benefit from existing networks and events associated with these projects. The PhD will be jointly supervised by Professor Deborah Swinglehurst and Professor Thomas Dixon.

You can find out more about the PhD, application deadlines and how to apply here.


Addressing the polypharmacy challenge in working age adults (deadline 5th January 2020)

Multimorbidity and polypharmacy increasingly affects working-age people, especially in socially disadvantaged groups. We are looking for a PhD student to conduct an in-depth, longitudinal ethnographic study in which the focus is on observing the lives, experiences and ‘medicines work’ of patients living with multimorbidity in the community.

You can find out more about the PhD, application deadlines and how to apply here.

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