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David Morley


Senior Research Scientist

David graduated from the University of Buckingham prior to gaining an MSc and PhD from the Institute of Neurology, University College London. His doctoral research focused on the impact of neurological illness on the offspring of affected individuals. After receiving his doctorate David spent a number of years as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of West London, before joining the Health Services Research Unit at the University of Oxford in 2011.

David has significant research interests in the fields of quality of life, mental health and psychosocial well-being. He also has a particular interest in patient reported outcome measures, and has developed and contributed to a number of instruments. He is currently involved in a number of studies and is leading the development of a new measure, the Oxford Participation & Activities Questionnaire (OX-PAQ), a three year project funded by the European Brain Council. He is also involved in a study that aims to generate items for a new measure which can be utilised to assess the impact of using computer-based self-management systems targeted at people with type 2 diabetes.

The Oxford Participation & Activities Questionnaire (Ox-PAQ): The Ox-PAQ project aims to develop and validate a brief self-report measure of activity and participation for patients experiencing a range of health conditions. The measure is theoretically grounded in the World Health Organisation Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health and its development is fully compliant with current best practice guidelines such as those provided by the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

Assessing self-management in people with type 2 diabetes using computer-based interventions: This project aims to generate items for a new questionnaire which can be utilised to assess the impact of using computer-based self-management systems targeted at people with type 2 diabetes. Additionally the project will (1) identify the support needs and preferences of people with type 2 diabetes when managing their condition, (2) identify how the use of computer-based systems can support aspects of self-management and (3) explore processes relating to self-management which are applicable to and measureable in the context of computer-based interventions.

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