PhD: A pilot study of a theory-based intervention to improve long-term use of benzodiazepines and Z-drugs in primary care

The aim of this project is to refine and pilot a theory-based intervention to improve long-term use of benzodiazepines and Z-drugs in primary care.

  • Principle investigator(s) Dr Cathal Cadogan
  • Research theme Population Health and Health Services

Project description

Inappropriate long-term use of benzodiazepines and Z-drugs persists in primary care settings worldwide and can give rise to a range of adverse effects, such as cognitive and psychomotor impairment.

The project will involve a mixed-methods approach that will allow the student to develop a comprehensive range of quantitative and qualitative research skills.

The project will align with the Medical Research Council’s complex intervention framework and comprise a number of discrete work packages, including: a systematic; qualitative interviews with key stakeholders; an intervention refinement exercise; a pilot study of the intervention to inform a larger trial evaluation.

The intervention that will be piloted will be ready for further evaluation and, if found to be effective, it could help to improve long-term use of benzodiazepines and Z-drugs in primary care, and ultimately improve patient outcomes.

Tenure: Three years

Specification

Minimum requirements:

  • At least a second class 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject (e.g. pharmacy, nursing, psychology)
  • Proficiency in verbal and written communication in the English language 

Desirable candidate specifications include:

  • Experience of writing for academic publication

Application process

There is an open rolling registration for this position.

Please apply with an up-to-date CV, a 500-word statement outlining your interest in and suitability for the position, and contact details of two referees to cathalcadogan@rcsi.com.

Successful candidates will be able to attend a virtual interview if they wish.