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Dr Purva Abhyankar


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

Dr Purva Abhyankar

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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 by engaging in healthy behaviours. 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 experienced in qualitative and quantitative methodology. 

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.

Research (past projects)

Development of Interventions to reduce patient delay with symptoms of Acute Coronary Syndrome: identifying optimal content and mode of delivery- RAPiD 

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) 2013 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 

Realist 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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