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New PhD research addressing the multimorbidity challenge in working-age adults

Esca van Blarikom recently joined the APOLLO-MM team in her role as NIHR ARC North Thames funded PhD candidate. In this blog post, Esca sets out why her project exploring working-age adults' experience of living with co-existing physical and mental health conditions is so necessary.

I was drawn to this PhD because I loved the idea of working in a multidisciplinary team. Also, as a medical anthropologist, I am interested in studying the dynamics of health inequities, and the intersections of social, psychological, and physical vulnerabilities. ‘Multimorbidity’ is considered a major health challenge around the globe today, but it is a fuzzy concept; not so much indicating a pathological problem ‘out there’, but rather pointing out challenges in the organisation of care. Ethnography as a method lends itself particularly well for studying ‘messiness’ and complexity and unpacking taking-for-granted concepts carrying not-so-taken-for-granted meanings, which is why I am excited to work on the theme of ‘multimorbidity’.
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Navigating systems of care and their intersections in the context of multimorbidity

We are looking for a PhD student to join the APOLLO-MM project team to develop an independent project to study the lived experience of working-age adults who are affected by multiple medical conditions, with a particular focus on patients with co-existing physical and mental health problems.

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