Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) frequently suffer from muscle wasting, fatigue, and poor physical function which lead to poor outcomes, reduced quality of life, and high healthcare costs.
Professor Alice Smith (Department of Health Sciences)
Dr Thomas Wilkinson (Department of Respiratory Sciences)
Our group has shown that supervised resistance exercise is an effective approach to improving muscle mass and physical function, but in-centre programmes are not sustainable in the longer term. This PhD project will:
- Carry out a systematic review of the literature.
- Using a mixed-methods approach, explore the patient and healthcare staff perspectives of muscle mass, strength and function, the role of resistance training, and the requirements for an acceptable home-based programme.
- Design an intervention via an iterative co-production process.
- Carry out a feasibility trial of home-based resistance exercise in CKD.