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Matthew Reaney

PhD Student (The role of the caregiver in diabetes foot care)

Matt is a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol), a Chartered Scientist (CSci) and a Practitioner Health Psychologist (MSc, PGDip, BSc) who has been working in the field of Health Outcomes and clinical outcome assessment for more than 12 years. His research has been funded through public and private grants and conducted in conjunction with academic institutions, the NHS, and the pharmaceutical industry. This research has resulted in more than 65 conference presentations and 50 journal articles and book chapters; many of them in the psychosocial aspects of diabetes. He has been awarded Fellowships at both the Royal Society of Medicine and the Royal Society of Public Health, and an Associate Fellowship at the British Psychological Society. Although working full time as Head of the Patient-Reported Outcomes team at Sanofi, Matt retains academic links through a guest lecturer position at Royal Holloway, University of London and is currently undertaking a PhD in Health Psychology at the University of Chichester, exploring footcare behaviours among people with diabetes. Further, Matt is on the editorial board of the Journal of Diabetes Research and Clinical Metabolism, co-Chair elect of the DIA Study Endpoints community and the Principal researcher in various pre-competitive cross-company scientific working groups. 

PHD Supervision

The primary goal in the treatment of diabetes is to achieve close to normal blood glucose levels so as to reduce the risk of vascular complications. One of the most frequently affected areas in people with abnormal blood glucose levels is the feet, with infection, ulceration, osteomyelitis, and peripheral arterial disease resulting from neuropathic and circulation issues. Foot care is therefore key to maintaining good health and quality of life among people with diabetes. Good foot care practices involve both identification behaviours (to detect issues) and protection behaviors (to deter issues). The way in which people with diabetes are educated about good foot care behaviour in the UK is not standardised, leading to different levels of knowledge, information assimilation and engagement. 

The aims of the PhD programme of research are thus: 

* To better understand foot care behaviour in persons with type 2 diabetes mellitus(T2DM) 

* To understand the role of caregiver support, in diabetes foot care 

* To understand demographic, clinical, belief and personality variables associated with foot care behaviour change in persons with T2DM. 

* To investigate the effect of framing (gain vs. loss) of messages about diabetes foot care behaviour on knowledge, intention and diabetes foot care behaviour change 

* To investigate the effect of messages about diabetes foot care behaviour when the persuasive communication is read alone vs. with a caregiver 

Matt’s PhD is supervised by Dr Sue Churchill and Professor Nik Chmiel.