Studentship: How certain is the evidence on physical activity in the management of long-term conditions?
- 24th November 2023
MSc by Research Fee Scholarship
York St John University
Systematic reviews are often considered the highest level of evidence, yet the certainty of the evidence
which they present can be low and unusable in practice because the estimates are not precise, the
primary study populations are not directly relevant to the target population, the risk of bias of primary
studies is high, there may be too much heterogeneity in the estimates, or there may be a potential for
publication bias. Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE), is
one approach to assessing the certainty of evidence collected in systematic reviews. The objective of this
project is to assess the certainty of evidence from Cochrane systematic reviews on physical activity in the
management of long-term conditions and to identify reasons for which evidence is downgraded or
upgraded. The project will involve desk-based research and a methodological review will be produced
and written up both as a thesis and a journal article.
The setting and team
The student will be affiliated to the School of Science, Technology & Health. They will also work within
the Institute for Health and Care Improvement, which is a cross-university research institute that brings
together interdisciplinary academic expertise with partners to undertake impactful research in health and
social care. The project will be led by Institute Director, Professor Garry Tew, who is a Professor of
Clinical Exercise Science.
Funding: The scholarship is offered on a full-time (F/T) basis for one-year and covers UK course fees
(£4,712) for academic year 2023-2024 (February start).
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