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Sonam Zamir

PHD student

Kath Maguire

I am a PenCLAHRC (linked with the National Institute of Health Research) funded student looking into how the use of video-calls (telepresence robots) can help prevent loneliness and social isolation for care home residents at risk of cognitive decline. I have an undergraduate degree in Psychology, and an MSc in Psychology, health and behaviour from Brunel University London.
My current PHD project involves liaising with a number of stakeholders to promote the use of video-calls among older people. I am currently working with a number of care homes in Devon where residents are successfully using Skype to stay better connected with distant relatives. I am at present piloting my intervention (video-calls via Skype) through collaborative action research, taking a mixed methods approach.

The overall outcome of my project will be a pilot cluster randomised controlled trial of the use of video-calls within care homes.

To find out more, please visit the PhD project page.

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PenCLAHRC

Areas of expertise
Dementia

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LKD Seminar: The art of...

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Improving health care pathways for patients with chronic conditions

05 April 2018

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Partner in Focus - Devon Partnership NHS Trust

29 March 2018

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How can schools best support parents' engagement in their children's learning?

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

This project aims to address how schools can best engage parents in their children’s learning....
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What are the effects of 'robopets' on the health and wellbeing of residents in care homes? A systematic review of qualitative and quantitative evidence

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia

A systematic review that aims to create a state-of-knowledge synthesis on the impact of robopet-human...
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