Patient experience of isolation in today`s NHS

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Glasgow Caledonian University

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PhD Research Project Opportunity

Please note that as this project is not funded by a University studentship, the successful candidate will be required to source external funding for the research degree fees and living expenses while studying at the university.

Project Reference number School/Institute/Research Group Research Discipline areas Research Theme

2013SHLS006

        Institute for Applied Health Research School of Health and Life Sciences Promoting and Protecting Health and Wellbeing Infection prevention and control Patient experience Nursing Healthcare associated infection Patient safety and quality improvement

Project Title Research Project Area Supervisory Team Staff Contact

Patient experience of isolation in today's NHS

Healthcare associated infection (HAI) is a public health threat with a prevalence of 4.9% of patients at any one time in acute care having an HAI. One of the main infection prevention and control measures to reduce risk of transmission of infection to others is to isolate the patient in a single room. The unintended consequences of isolation on the patient’s well being, sensory deprivation and experience of healthcare has been reported The reasons for isolation and average length of isolation will have changed in the intervening period since this work was carried out more than two decades ago. The aim of this research study is to describe the patient experience of isolation in today’s NHS. This will include taking account of current care pathways and lengths of stay and the consequences of this on the experience of isolation. The research will result in establishing best care practices for patients in isolation as a result of HAI in order to minimise any unintended consequences and improve the patient experience. It will also directly inform national policy and infection and prevention and control practice with the NHS.      Professor Jacqui Reilly , Director of Studies, Institute for Applied Health Research/School of Health and Life Sciences Dr Lesley Price Dr Kay Currie

Professor Jacqui Reilly, [email protected]

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