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Experiences of people living with Temporomandibular Joint Disorder 

Project details

First supervisor: Dr Sasha Scambler

Second supervisor: TBC

Sponsor: n/a

Funding available: Self-funded.

Duration of award: 3 years if full-time.

Mode of study: Full-time or part-time.

Start date:  Open until suitable candidate is found.

Application deadline:  Open until suitable candidate is found.

Reference number:  2021/DOCS/04.

Project description

It has been suggested that Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) disorders may account for as much as thirty billion dollars a year of lost productivity in the US, and yet we know little about the social implications of this group of conditions.   TMJ disorders cause significant pain in the joint and surrounding tissues which can be experienced as either constant or intermittent pain.  For people living with TMJ disorders the impact of the condition can affect multiple areas of daily life and last over an extended period of time.  This is consistent with the definition of a chronic or long-term condition.  There is a substantial body of research within sociology exploring people’s experiences of living on a day to day basis with a wide variety of chronic illnesses.  This body of work has resulted in the development of a number of themes which are common to the experiences of people living with common and less common chronic illnesses and include uncertainty, biographical disruption and the impact on the wider family.     The aim of this study is to undertake qualitative interviews to develop an understanding of the impact of TMJ on the daily lives of people living with atypical facial pain. 

Person specification

  • An interest in social and behavioural sciences would be an advantage.
  • An interest in disability or long-term conditions.
  • Research skills.

Research training

 Candidates will develop and enhance their skills in:

  • Qualitative research training.
  • Systematic review training.

To view entry requirements and further general information, see Dental and Health Sciences Research MPhil/PhD prospectus page.

Next steps

Please apply online at following these steps:

  1. Register a new account/login.
  2. Once logged in, select Create a new application.
  3. Enter ‘Dental and Health Sciences Research MPhil/PhD (Full-time)/(Part-time)' under Choose a programme. Please ensure you select the correct mode of study.
  4. Select a start date from the list under Entry requirements on this webpage.
  5. Please note: Applicants must include the project reference number (2021/DOCS/04) in the 'Research proposal' and 'Funding (point 5)' sections of the application.

Applications must be received by the deadline specified in this listing.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss projects with the first supervisor prior to submitting an application. 

Contact for further information

Name: Dr Sasha Scambler


Related Centre: Centre for Host-Microbiome Interactions

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