Integrating technology to support active lifestyles in youth with Type 1 diabetes: The ActivPals programme

Integrating technology to support active lifestyles in youth with Type 1 diabetes: The ActivPals programme

Issued: Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:27:00 BST

The University of Strathclyde are advertising for a funded PhD studentship. This 3 year full-time PhD studentship is offered with a start date of October 2017. Applicants should hold at least a good Honours degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant discipline. In addition, a Master’s degree with a research methods training element or equivalent research experience, and/or experience of working with people with diabetes, or health data would be advantageous.

Diabetes is a growing global public health problem and involves careful management of blood glucose levels. Leading an active lifestyle is important for successful management of blood glucose and overall diabetes health. This PhD will explore the design and integration of mobile technology (such as smartphones and wearable devices) monitoring glucose and physical activity into and existing intervention called ActivPals (an intervention to support active lifestyles in youth with Type 1 diabetes). In addition the PhD will also investigate integration of the intervention into existing diabetes education systems (My Diabetes My Way) and existing clinical data (SCI Diabetes) platforms.

The outcomes of the project will be of interest to a range of individuals including people with diabetes, health care professional, glucose monitoring companies, athletes, coaches and health promotion specialists. The applied nature of the project will also provide the student with opportunities to network with several organisations (e.g. physical activity and health providers and diabetes support teams and charities, mobile technology companies, the Digital Health and Care Institute and the NHS) and for knowledge exchange activities including communicating their research to health professionals and patient groups within diabetes, giving the student important transferrable skills.

The specific objectives of this research are:

  • To explore patient, parent/carer and health professional views on the integration of mobile technology within diabetes platforms including views on data management and access (e.g. security, privacy, trust, ownership)
  • To explore what supporting components are needed in combination with physical activity and glucose data to help people with diabetes, their parents/carers and health care professionals to understand and use this data effectively to guide individual health care and self-management.
  • To conduct a pilot study to explore feasibility, acceptability and indicative effects of the ActivPals intervention in combination with mobile activity and glucose monitoring and supporting educational components through My Diabetes My Way.

For more information, including how to apply, please click here to visit the University of Strathclyde website.


This opportunity is advertised at the request of an external organisation and is not funded, or affiliated with SGSAH. Please direct all enquiries to the organisers.