Dr Kieren Egan

Senior Research Fellow

Computer and Information Sciences

Personal statement

I am a core member and Research Fellow within the Digital Health and Wellness team at the University of Strathclyde. I am interested to build both national and international professional connections around the themes of healthy ageing and digital health. I want to develop excellence in digital health across ideation so that we can bridge digital divides and support those most in need to achieve the public health ideals of healthy ageing.

I am an experienced researcher having worked across many related fields such as: clinical study designs, epidemiology, digital health and the development and implementaion of innovations to impact upon healthcare. A paticular focus is that of caregivers and people with dementia. I have also worked with, and alongside the World Health Organization in Geneva, where my role was focused on the design of an Internet-based intervention to connect and empower caregivers of people with dementia (https://www.isupportfordementia.org/en). I have published 30 peer review (including those in press) articles to date including 13 first or last (lead) author papers- please see google scholar profile for further information: https://tinyurl.com/y7l4mdgo.

I am currently accepting applications from prospective PhD students.

Publications

iSupport for young carers : an adaptation of an e-Health intervention for young dementia carers
Masterson-Algar Patricia, Egan Kieren, Flynn Greg, Hughes Gwenllian, Spector Aimee, Stott Joshua, Windle Gill
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Vol 20 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20010127
Interim Report of the Evaluation of Rapid Cancer Diagnostic Services
Maguire Roma, van der Meer Robert, Egan Kieren, Nixon Ioanna, Thompson Nathan A, Connaghan John, Innes Ryan
(2022)
Digital technologies to prevent social isolation and loneliness in dementia : a systematic review
Rai Harleen Kaur, Kernaghan David, Schoonmade Linda, Egan Kieren J, Pot Anne Margriet
Journal of Alzheimer's Disease : JAD Vol 90, pp. 513-528 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.3233/JAD-220438
Strathclyde Pandemic Research Journeys : Personal Accounts of Research During the Covid Period
Sutter Jens, Morton Alec, Maguire Roma, Littlejohn David, Allan Grant, Cogan Nicola, Combe Malcolm, Corrigan Damion, Cooper Benjamin, Egan Kieren, Flowers Paul, Grez Hidalgo Pablo, Inns Tom, Janssen Xanne, Kleczkowski Adam, MacBryde Jillian, Reilly Grant, Megiddo Itamar, Mwaura Samuel, Sharpe Tim, Sambajee Pratima, Suckling Colin, Carver Mark
(2022)
https://doi.org/10.17868/strath.00083221
Effects of an e-health intervention 'iSupport' for reducing distress of dementia carers : protocol for a randomised controlled trial and feasibility study
Windle Gill, Flynn Greg, Hoare Zoe, Masterson-Algar Patricia, Egan Kieren, Edwards Rhiannon Tudor, Jones Carys, Spector Aimee, Algar-Skaife Katherine, Hughes Gwenllian, Brocklehurst Paul, Goulden Nia, Skelhorn Debbie, Stott Joshua
BMJ open Vol 12 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2022-064314
Decision support tools in adult long-term care facilities : a scoping review
Lapp Linda, Egan Kieren, McCann Lisa, MacKenzie Moira, Wales Ann, Maguire Roma
Journal of Medical Internet Research Vol 24 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.2196/39681

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Professional activities

Engage with Strathclyde - Caregiver Innovations at Strathclyde
Organiser
3/3/2022

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Projects

Early Cancer Diagnostic Centres
Maguire, Roma (Principal Investigator) Fragkandrea Nixon, Ioanna (Co-investigator) van der Meer, Robert (Co-investigator) Egan, Kieren (Research Co-investigator)
Tender Response through PCS
22-Jan-2021 - 21-Jan-2023
A randomised controlled trial and feasibility study of the effects of an e-health intervention ‘iSupport’ for reducing distress of dementia carers, especially in the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19.
Egan, Kieren (Co-investigator)
NHS guidelines recommend informal carers of people living with dementia such as family and friends should be offered training to help them develop care skills and manage their own physical and mental health. The World Health Organisation recommend access to affordable, proven, well-designed, online technologies for education, skills training and support for dementia carers.

In response to these recommendations, we will carry out the first study in the UK of the benefits of an online training and support programme. This was developed by the World Health Organisation and is called ‘iSupport’. It is designed for dementia carers to help them provide good care and take care of themselves. Carers can use iSupport at their own pace. They can access whichever parts of iSupport they feel are most relevant to them from their place of choice using a computer, tablet or smartphone.

We will do this research with the help of 356 dementia carers in England, Wales and Scotland by:

1. Examining the effectiveness of iSupport in reducing distress through a randomised controlled trial. Half of the carers will complete iSupport and half will receive information leaflets. We will translate iSupport into Welsh for use in this aspect of our research. All the carers will answer questionnaires about stress and strain, mental health, resilience and knowledge of dementia. They will do this three times over a six month period. By comparing the two groups, we will be able to show whether iSupport is better than simply giving information. Those receiving the information leaflets will be given full access to iSupport at the end of our study.

2. Understanding what aspects of iSupport carers like the most, and what might put them off using it. We will undertake interviews with a smaller group (50) of the carers and have a longer discussion about their thoughts, feelings and the impact of iSupport on themselves. They will do this three times over a six month period.

3. Examining the potential costs and benefits of iSupport. This will involve carers answering questions about health and social care service use and their quality of life. They will do this three times over a six month period.

4. Adapting iSupport for young carers (age 11-17). There are currently no evidence-based support interventions for young carers of people with dementia. We will work with a group of young carers and adapt iSupport for their use, identify what outcomes are most important to them, and assess this new version of iSupport with 30 young carers.

It is important we do this work because most people living with a dementia are cared for at home, supported by a family member or friend who has limited knowledge of the condition. The role is very stressful, and many carers experience more mental and physical illness compared to people who are not dementia carers. Covid-19 has meant that many older people have to self-isolate, placing

increasing pressures on carers.
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2023
Strathclyde COVID-19 Research Portfolio: Novel testing, digital health support and third sector collaboration for impact on social care
Bedford, Tim (Principal Investigator) Corrigan, Damion (Co-investigator) Dunlop, Mark (Co-investigator) Egan, Kieren (Co-investigator) Fleming, Leanne (Co-investigator) Flowers, Paul (Co-investigator) Grealy, Madeleine (Co-investigator) Hoskisson, Paul (Co-investigator) Hunter, Iain (Co-investigator) Janssen, Xanne (Co-investigator) Kirk, Alison (Co-investigator) Knifton, Lee (Co-investigator) Lenhart, Otto (Co-investigator) Maguire, Roma (Co-investigator) Morton, Alec (Co-investigator) Quinn, Neil (Co-investigator) Scott, Fraser (Co-investigator) Suckling, Colin (Co-investigator) Ward, Andrew (Co-investigator) Williams, Lynn (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 16-Jan-2021
"MY-CONNECTION FRIEND2, A multi-national project to empower people with dementia who live alone to increase community involvement through the development of an easy to use digital application Alzheimer's Society Exchange Fellowship
Egan, Kieren (Principal Investigator) Maguire, Roma (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2022
A Novel Measure of Individual Influence in Social Media Networks
Clark, Ruaridh (Principal Investigator) Egan, Kieren (Principal Investigator) Bowden, James (Co-investigator)
We plan to model influence within social media networks using methods employed in engineering and network science. In doing so, we can potentially reduce the impact of noise interactions which have typically affected studies testing for causal relationships between social media and external factors. For example, this sophisticated approach to influence detection can provide a new method for weighting online sentiment, collected from Twitter, from which relationships with financial market activity, political events, and healthcare policy may be tested.
In particular, we use financial time series to test the predictive power of our influence-weighted social media sentiment. Although previous studies in academic finance have investigated the extent to which online interactions between investors can affect financial trading activity, the findings of such studies are often accompanied by high error terms and thus no consensus has been reached. Our measure may provide a solution to this issue, while also offering a methodological contribution that is of interest to academics in computer science.
11-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2020

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