Ewait: Effects of waiting times on quality of life, leisure activities and support needs in patients awaiting elective surgery in Scotland

Ewait: Effects of waiting times on quality of life, leisure activities and support needs in patients awaiting elective surgery in Scotland

PhD Project - Elisabeth Kirchner

Elective surgery describes procedures that are not emergencies, and so do not need immediate attention. It is not uncommon that, in many public health systems, demand for these types of surgery exceed the supply that is available, resulting in patients having to wait for their surgery. In collaboration with NHS Grampian, this study aims to investigate the effect prolonged waiting for surgery may have on patients’ quality of life, leisure activity, social life and support needs.

Using a longitudinal, mixed-methods design, we plan on collecting data from participants who are currently on a NHS Grampian waiting list for elective surgery over a time period of 12 months. This will be done via repeated online surveys and individual participant interviews at the start and end of the data collection period.  As such, we will assess participants’ wellbeing and feelings over time while on waiting lists for elective surgery.

Supervisors: Prof Craig Ramsay, Prof Louise Locock

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Ongoing