The perspectives and practices of Speech and Language Therapists/Pathologists regarding the intervention of Thickened Liquids/Fluids for people with swallowing disorders. EHSREC No:2022_05_09

The perspectives and practices of Speech and Language Therapists/Pathologists regarding the intervention of Thickened Liquids/Fluids for people with swallowing disorders. EHSREC No:2022_05_09

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.

 

 

The perspectives and practices of Speech and Language Therapists/Pathologists regarding the intervention of Thickened Liquids/Fluids for people with swallowing disorders. EHSREC No:2022_05_09

Participant Information Sheet

What is the project about?

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.

What will you have to do?

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.

What are the benefits? 

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.

What are the risks?

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.

What happens to the information?

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.

Who else is taking part?

Speech and language therapists from Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Australia and New Zealand.

What if I have more questions or do not understand something?

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.

What if I change my mind during the study? 

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: 21043922@studentmail.ul.ie

Principal Investigator:

Dr Arlene McCurtin, Senior Lecturer, School of Allied Health. University of Limerick, Tel: 00 353 61 234180. Email: arlene.mccurtin@ul.ie

This research study has received Ethics approval from the Education and Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee (EHSREC No:2022_05_09). If you have any concerns about this study and wish to contact someone independent you may contact:  Chair Education and Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee, EHS Faculty Office, University of Limerick, 00 353 61 234101

To complete the survey Click Here!