Determinants of practice for the use of childhood-related clinical guidelines in New Zealand

Project Code: 10387389

Faculty: Liggins Institute

Department: Liggins Institute

Main Supervisor: Dr Julie Brown

Application open date: 04 Oct 2017

Application deadline: 28 Feb 2018

Enrolment information: NZ Citizens, NZ Permanent Residents, International


Health care and treatment are often based on clinical practice guidelines that provide recommendations for practice and further research. For the recommendations to be taken up into practice a plan for implementation is required. For guideline developers and implementation specialists it is important to establish what the key contributers are to the uptake and use of clinical guideline recommendations. This thesis will also involve in depth interviews with health professionals in New Zealand to explore the determinants of practice for using clinical guidelines. This thesis will use a mixed approach of quantitative and qualitative work.

What we are looking for in a successful applicant
  • Msc
  • Health professional or public health background
  • Interest in implementation of new knowledge into clinical practice
  1. Identify and critically appraise the quality of New Zealand childhood related clinical practice guidelines and other international guidelines identified as being evidence sources
  2. Identify key common implementation approaches and resources of the identified guidelines
  3. Explore the experiences of developers and panel members of the identified guidelines
  4. Explore the determinants of practice associated with the use of childhood-related clinical practice guidelines for New Zealand health professionals
Other information

If you have a GPA of 8.0 or more and you completed your most recent qualifying programme at a New Zealand university, you’ll be supported throughout your PhD study by a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship, which gives you a NZ$27,300 tax-free stipend (plus tuition fees) every year for three years. If your GPA is less than 8.0, there may still be scholarships available - you can discuss this with your potential supervisor or the academic director.

There are no international fees for PhD students: as long as you live in New Zealand during your period of enrolment you will pay the same as New Zealanders.