Dear Speech & Language Therapists, Do you work in the area of dysphagia? Have a minimum of one year’s experience working with people with swallowing problems? Do you recommend thickened liquids/fluids for your clients? If so, we want to hear from you about your opinions and practices regarding this intervention! You will be joining other clinicians from across the world in improving our knowledge in this area. To help you understand more about the study, you can read more about the survey below.
Bolus modification is an internationally highly employed compensatory technique used to manage dysphagic symptoms. This study explores speech and language therapists/pathologist’s perspectives regarding this intervention, factors which influence use of TL and clinical practices of speech and language therapists/pathologists across four countries.
You will be asked to complete an anonymous closed question e-survey using the link supplied. This survey is split into 5 sections and should take about 20 minutes to complete.
This study aims to generate further knowledge and help inform future practice in the area. Obtaining the perspectives and experience of clinicians who manage dysphagia is essential to understanding and providing best care for people with swallowing disorders.
This study does not include any high-risk procedures or protocols. However, some of the survey items may naturally cause you to reflect on your clinical practice in this area. If you wish, you can chose not to complete the survey at any stage.
Data will be collected and processed using the university/information technology department’s approved platforms, stored on the UL OneDrive for a maximum period of 7 years, password-protected and accessible to the research team only. The information gathered from the study will be handled with respect. The data from all participants will be amalgamated, analysed and published.
Speech and language therapists from Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Australia and New Zealand.
If you do not understand any aspect of the research please contact the principal researcher who will be happy to discuss any questions you may have.
Should you feel at any stage that you want to stop being a participant in the research, you are free to stop filling in the e-survey and take no further part. Once the survey is submitted and data amalgamated and analysed, you cannot withdraw from the study.
Thank you for taking the time to read this information sheet. If you would like to see the Research Privacy Notice please contact: Hannah Byrne. Email: email@example.com
Dr Arlene McCurtin, Senior Lecturer, School of Allied Health. University of Limerick, Tel: 00 353 61 234180. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org