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Dr Kamran Baqai

Research Associate
School of Nursing

After completing a PhD investigating PTSD and resilience in paramedics, Kamran is now working with the UCLan Stroke Research Team as a Research Associate. Alongside working to publish several papers from his PhD projects, he is researching on collaborative projects in the Stroke Research Team such as IMPROVISE and a systematic review on hydration and stroke patient outcomes.

Since joining the UCLan Stroke Team Kamran has largely been involved with the Stocktake survey conducted as part of IMPROVISE. In this role Kamran has developed a code book for a large amount of data taken from hospitals in India relating to stroke care and formatting the data into their respective codes. Kamran was also required to perform analysis on this data and present the results at team meetings in order to discuss how to take this project forwards. In addition, Kamran has been active in a systematic review of hydration and stroke patient outcomes. In this role he has worked alongside team members to develop a search strategy, locate research articles and read these to determine their inclusion. Alongside these main roles, Kamran provides assistance with the various projects and challenges in the Stroke Research Team.

As part of Kamran’s thesis, he designed a digital resilience fostering tool for paramedics using an exploratory sequential design. Firstly, he conducted a qualitative study on paramedics to investigate their psychological resilience in the face of critical work incidents and PTSD. This original project was conducted using online forums designed to facilitate conversations about mental health between paramedics. A number of interesting results were produced from this research, which was helpful in developing a self-taught digital resilience training (STDRT) for paramedics. The development of the STDRT is another project Kamran has been involved in during his PhD. This was a prototype of a digital program designed to help foster resilience in paramedics. The psychological content used designed to help foster psychological resilience was derived from both the literature review in Kamran’s thesis and the online forum study. The latter was useful in incorporating psychological resilience specific to paramedics as a workforce. This provided valuable experience in using computer-based designs and developing psychological interventions. An evaluation of feasibility for a main trial was conducted. Following the development of the STDRT, Kamran conducted a feasibility study to measure the potential of a main RCT being conducted with this program. Kamran was involved in recruiting paramedic students from UCLan and conducting a small-scale RCT. Additionally he administered psychometric scales designed to measure the participants’ resilience and PTSD symptomology, and performed statistical analyses for these results.

  • PhD Health Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, 2020
  • MSc Developmental Disorders, Lancaster University, 2015
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, Lancaster University, 2014