PhD student position in Health Care Sciences – Measuring symptoms and experiences

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Project title: Measuring symptoms and experiences of person-centred care in the MOSAIC project

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General information about third-cycle studies: The PhD education in Health Care Sciences corresponds to studies of 240 credits in total. The studies are equivalent to four year full-time and lead to a Degree of Doctor. The studies comprise carrying out a scientific project and completing at least 30 credits of courses at third-cycle level. The doctoral student must also write a scientific compilation thesis or monograph corresponding to at least 120 credits. For more information about third-cycle studies at Sahlgrenska Academy, see

Background: This project is planned within MOSAIC, Gothenburg Centre for Person-Centred Care (GPCC), at the Department of Health Sciences and Health, Sahlgrenska Academy. Research and clinical work in health care often rely on Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) and Patient Reported Experience Measures (PREMs). Commonly, PROMs and PREMs are performed with survey instruments where scores are summated on an ordinal scale. There are sizable shortcomings in common practice regarding analysis of such data. However, Rasch analysis can be used to calibrate ordinal scales and transform ordinal level data into interval level, rendering the data permissible for use in parametric testing. Data from several measurement instruments can be used to create item banks where all items are calibrated on an interval level, ordered on difficulty level. The item bank is administered via computer adaptive testing (CAT).

Overall aim: The overall aim is to develop and test an item bank to measure patients’ symptoms and experiences of PCC using Rasch analysis, as well as to develop and improve feedback on symptoms and experiences of PCC to adult persons with long-term illness by means of an interactive CAT-system (Computerised Adaptive Testing).

Methods: In the project, patient collaboration groups will be asked to discuss, test and provide feedback on content and interfaces in the CAT-system. The item bank and the CAT-system will then be tested for evaluation of patients’ perception of person-centredness. The project is expected to lead to better use of PROMs and PREMs and provide measurement at an interval scale level. Benefits of the method include reduced patient burden and increased patient participation by allowing the patient to handle measurement, feedback form, and history of own measurements.


To be eligible for third-cycle studies, the applicant must meet both the general and specific entry requirements.

A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle studies if he or she:
1. has been awarded a second-cycle qualification
2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad

A person meets the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies if he or she: has successfully completed the English B/6 course or is considered to have acquired equivalent knowledge through previous studies.


In selecting between applicants who meet the general and specific entry requirements, their ability to benefit from third-cycle studies shall be taken into account. The assessment shall attach particular importance to documented qualifications for:
– specific knowledge and skills within the subject area and related research fields
– experience of scientific theory and relevant research methodology
– scientific analysis and presentation verified through thesis, degree project, scientific journals or the like.

Qualified applicants should have interest in psychometric methods. Documented knowledge in the theory and application of Rasch analysis and demonstrated proficiency in scientific methods are advantageous. Good ability to communicate verbally and in writing in both Swedish and English.


Time limited employment (temporary), 4 years. Extent: 100%. Location: Sahlgrenska Academy, Institute of Health Care Sciences. First day of employment: as agreed.

Regulations for employment of doctoral students are given in SFS 1998:80. Only those who are admitted to third-cycle studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. Those appointed to doctoral studentships shall primarily devote themselves to their studies. They may, however, work to a limited extent with educational tasks, research and administration according to the regulations.

The initial appointment may apply for no longer than one year. An appointment may be renewed for no more than two years at a time. The total employment period may not exceed the time corresponding to full-time third-cycle studies for four years.

Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University.

For further information regarding the position

For more information about the project please contact the project supervisor Anna Dencker,
+46 (0)31 786 6099,

For more information regarding PhD education at Sahlgrenska Academy visit


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How to apply

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Closing date 2018-08-06

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Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University.

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Post expires on Monday August 6th, 2018