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University of Stirling


Dr Purva Abhyankar


Health Sciences Stirling E27, Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Purva Abhyankar

About me

I am a health psychologist by training and have years of research experience in applied health and health services research. My research aims to help people make better decisions about their healthcare and actively manage their health and illness. It draws on the knowledge from psychological theories underpinning human behaviour and decision making, applied to improve health and healthcare delivery. I am a mixed methods researcher, equally skilled in qualitative and quantitative methodology.  My teaching responsibilities centre on healthcare decision making, evidence-based practice, person-centred care and research methodology. I lead the module: Skills for Knowledge Enquiry (NURP001 and 002) within Masters in Health Research Programme. I co-cordinate the Gateway to Further Study (NURU228) module within BSc Professional Practice programme and the Methodologies module within the MSc Advanced Practice Programme. I am a research supervisor for MRes Health, Early Years Practice, Clinical Doctorate programme and the Postgraduate research degrees.  Research (ongoing projects)

Promoting smoking cessation during pregnancy: Combined feasibility and pilot of a randomised controlled trial of a narrative and image based intervention delivered via text-messaging - SKIP-IT  Implementation of an evidence based pelvic floor muscle training intervention for women with pelvic organ prolapse (PROlapse and PFMT: implementing Evidence Locally – PROPEL. Development of Interventions to reduce patient delay with symptoms of Acute Coronary Syndrome: identifying optimal content and mode of delivery- RAPiD 

Research (past projects)

Development of guidelines for reporting evaluation studies of patient decision aids (SUNDAE) Exploring information needs of patients and carers affected by stroke for participation in trials involving stem cell therapy. International Patient Decision Aids Collaboration's (IPDAS) update of empirical and theoretical basis for decision aid standards.  A rapid review of effectiveness of  interventions delivered by school nurses for children aged 0-19 years. Asthma Goal Study - A feasibility RCT of a goal-setting intervention in patients with active asthma  A Delphi Study into Mass Casualty Incident Equipment Requirements in the Ambulance Service  Preventing Depression and Improving Awareness through Networking in the EU (PREDI-NU) - development of an online CBT based self-help intervention  Evaluation of the Keeping Childbirth Natural and Dynamic (KCND) programme  Doctors' use of Patient Reported Outcome Data in oncology consultations  Implementation and impact of community based healthcare system in rural India 


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