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In-MINDD: INnovative, Midlife INtervention for Dementia Deterrence
A second project is now underway, funded by the FP7 project, and underpinned by Normalisation Process Theory.

In-MINDD seeks to reduce and/or delay dementia risk in individuals aged 50-60. This project will develop and validate online tools which can generate personal risk reduction strategies and support individuals adhere to those strategies.
Working with patients and health care professionals, we will use NPT to understand how such tools can become part of the routine life and work of patients and health care professionals. The project will also engage with the public, professionals and media to highlight ways in which people might try to reduce their chance of developing dementia in the future.
In-MINDD involves colleagues at Dublin City University, Maastricht University, Universite Nice Sophia Antipolis and Pintail Ltd. Work in Glasgow is led by Professor Kate O'Donnell.

How do asylum seeking women perceive and respond to cervical screening invitations? The role of candidacy.

Brief rationale:
Asylum seekers have been dispersed to Glasgow since 2000. They are entitled to free NHS healthcare at all stages of the asylum process. However, the literature shows that there are many barriers in accessing and providing primary healthcare for asylum seekers. This is increasingly important as the clinical focus shifts from communicable diseases in asylum seeking groups to preventive medicine for non-communicable/chronic diseases.

Our research question:
How do asylum seeking women perceive and respond to cervical screening invitations? In particular do they have a view of their right to such preventive healthcare and, if yes, how is that view formed and maintained? Using the theories of candidacy and intersectionality this research will seek to understand the decision making process and formation of an individual’s notion of their candidacy in response to a cervical screening invitation, from the women’s and healthcare provider’s perspective.

Four interlinked projects, utilising a variety of methods, will address this aim. A clinical audit will link datasets to provide information on the uptake of cervical screening by asylum seeking women. Policy mapping will assess whether policies relating to health care and migrant groups in Scotland complement each other. Thematic analysis of mainstream media will examine public discourses surrounding asylum seekers. Qualitative interviews with asylum seekers and health providers will utilise participatory techniques to explore how all of the above influences an individual’s perceptions of candidacy when accessing or providing cervical screening.

The transferrable lessons learnt may lead to recommendations in relation to training, support or education within General Practice.

2 years

Dr Anna Matthews, Clinical Research Fellow, Department of General Practice and Primary Care, University of Glasgow.

Professor Catherine O’Donnell, Dr Nicola Burns and Professor Frances Mair. All of whom are based at the Department of General Practice and Primary Care, University of Glasgow.

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