The Joint Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC) and Cancer Symptom Trials (CST) Fatigue Symptom Node Subcommittee (SNSC) based at UTS is looking for an honours student who is interested in collaborating in an exciting new research project.
This project could be an exciting option for an honours project. It would be your responsibility to complete the project protocol, apply for ethics approval and complete the patient/carer interviews. You would have the support and assistance of the Fatigue SNSC at every stage, including assistance with participant recruitment.
Read more about our research symptom nodes.
It is well recognised that fatigue causes significant distress to all patients with a palliative diagnosis. Healthcare professionals currently struggle to manage this symptom effectively, and patients and carers remain highly distressed. Evidence guiding best management is scarce, and although a multi-disciplinary intervention (exercise, cognitive behavioural therapy, pacing etc) is preferred, we are yet to understand what type of intervention palliative care patients prefer/are able to tolerate.
Our aim is to embark on a qualitative study, interviewing both patients and carers, to investigate how fatigue affects them at different points in their illnesses, and to explore what kind of treatment they might be able to tolerate/willing to accept. Do they understand why they are fatigued, or would they be willing to complete an online education module? Are they willing to attend a weekly multi-disciplinary clinic, or would they prefer a structured home-based exercise program?
If you are interested in this project, or have any questions, please get in touch.
The chosen student may be enrolled in, or commencing enrolment in, an honours program at UTS or another university. If you are enrolled at another university, we can work with your course coordinator to determine supervision arrangements.
Dr Gemma Ingham
M: 0455 597 509