Research Projects

In this thread you can find out about current research projects that are looking for people to take part.

Can you help us to find a better way to manage falls?

Falls are a significant issue for some people affected by stroke. We want to find a better way to manage falls and falling. We are looking for volunteers to help us to find out the causes, impact and meaning of falls for people with stroke. This will underpin future research to develop an effective falls management program for individuals who have had a stroke.

Through a series of focus groups, we aim to combine scientific evidence that has already been published with the views of people affected by stroke, health professionals and commissioners of services.

Being involved in this project will entail attending one focus group lasting approx. 60-90 minutes. Participants will be encouraged to discuss their experience of falls, the impact falls have on daily life and to explore solutions to how falls could be minimised.

Meetings will be held in Plymouth.

If you have had a stroke and are interested in this project, we would be keen to hear from you. You are able to take part in the study regardless of whether you fall or not.

This project is being run by Danielle Morby as part of an MSc in Advanced Professional Practice of Neurological Physiotherapy at Plymouth University. Further information is available from Hilary Gunn (independent researcher) on 01752 588825 or email: Danielle.morby@students.plymouth.ac.uk

Hello !

My name is Georgina and I am currently studying Psychological Trauma at Chester University.

I am currently carrying out a research study titled “A grounded theory study to explore the dimensions of Post Traumatic Growth in stroke survivors”.

The purpose of carrying out my study is to explore the phenomena of Post Traumatic Growth. The theory of Post Traumatic Growth suggests that survivors of trauma have potential to experience positive change after a trauma. There is lots of literature available which validates this theory, however, there is not a lot looking at survivors of stroke. I want to explore the notion of Post Traumatic Growth with survivors of Stroke and see if your experience can relate to this theory.

For this study, I need volunteer stroke survivors to take part in a 1 hour long interview with me. Volunteers should be people who:

1. Have had a stroke.
2. Are fully discharged from the NHS.
3. Are over the age of 18 and speak English.

If you are interested in taking part in this study, please contact me on my email address below. I will then send you a participant information sheet to help you make up your mind.

Thank you in advance,

Georgina Watkinson
1322835@chester.ac.uk

Volunteers needed
We are looking for volunteers who have had a Stroke and were driving regularly at the time of their stroke to participate in a study using the Stroke Drivers Screening Assessment (SDSA).
The SDSA is a cognitive screening tool used to determine whether those who have had a stroke maintain the cognitive abilities necessary to drive safely.
The study consists of investigating the implementation issues for the SDSA. It is divided into 2 parts:
Part 1 involves a health professional volunteer administering the SDSA to a stroke volunteer. Whilst being observed and video recorded.
Part 2 involves each participant, after the observation, being interviewed separately on their experience and opinions of the SDSA, this will be voice recorded.
No on-road testing will take place in this study and participation will not impact upon possession of a person’s driving licence.
For further information please contact the Researcher: Rebecca Cramp, MSc Student in Rehabilitation Psychology , The University of Nottingham
Email: lpxrc6@nottingham.ac.uk Contact number: 07708976944

Investigations into post-stroke rehabilitation have provided evidence that a vast amount of cognitive domains, like memory and attention, can be damaged after a stroke. The damage which is seen initially seen is often predictive of long-term recovery, and therefore is vital to investigate.

A large proportion of stroke survivors are cared for at home. Home-care has a lot of benefits, allowing for the stroke survivor to recover in a comfortable setting. However, stress can arise for those caring for the stroke survivor as they may struggle to understand the new needs of their partner.

My proposed research will be looking into post-stroke rehabilitation by investigating differences in views when presented with cognitive tasks. You will be asked to partake in 6 short cognitive tasks which will cover a wide variety of abilities. You, and your partner, will be asked to rate your confidence on your ability to complete the tasks.

To be eligible to take part in this research you must have been with the same partner pre and post stroke and be able to travel to Northumbria University. Testing should take no more than 1 hour, however, you will be provided with a 2 hour slot to allow for breaks.

If you have any question, please feel free to contact me on chloe.witty@northumbria.ac.uk

Thank you

Have you been recovering from a stroke?

Help us design an application which reminds you to carry out daily upper limb rehab exercises.

•Evaluate the main features of the app on different devices
•Provide us with feedback to help us improve the app
•Receive a £10 M&S voucher for participating in this study
•Contribute to groundbreaking research on stroke rehab!!

Stroke survivors need to be encouraged to practice more independently and involve their upper limb in daily activities to prevent learned non-use. To achieve this target a prototype reminder app has been designed to remind stroke patients to carry out their exercises. Hence, the aim of this study is to evaluate the usability of an arm activity reminder app on three different mobile devices (smartphone, tablet and smart watch). The feedback collected from this study will help us improve the app so that it caters to the specific needs of stroke survivors.

We are looking for stroke survivors from central Scotland.

If you have had a stroke and are interested in this project, we would be keen to hear from you.

This study is being run by Nicholas Micallef from Glasgow Caledonian University and is funded by the Chartered Society of Physioteraphy. Further information is available from Nicholas Micallef on 07511230314 or email: nicholas.micallef@gcu.ac.uk

Hello everyone. I'm glad I found this thread for my studies. Anyway, I would like to add this video-graphic http://www.pulseuniform.com/community/stroke-in-us.asp about the facts, symptoms, warning signs and other important things people must know about this illness.

Hello

My name is Momna Sajjid and I am a postgraduate student carrying out an independent research for one year. The main purpose of this research is to gather the views and experiences of people who care for their partners following a stroke and loss of some aspects of communication.

To be able to do this I would like to conduct an interview with yourself that may take around 50-60 minutes and you will be given an opportunity to decide the time and place for the interview. The sole purpose is to gain some valuable information about your personal and social experiences in order to build upon the existing research and improve care and support for yourselves and your partners for the future.

If you agree to be a participant in my study, please let me know by writing back to me on the forum or contacting me through the details provided below. I will then contact you with further information and a consent form. Responding to the information sheet or consent form will not put you under any obligation to take part in this research.

Please contact me on momnasajjid@icloud.com or 07715409282 for further details.
My supervisors can also be contacted for any queries at d.peebles@hud.ac.uk and n.king@hud.ac.uk.

The study has been approved by the University of Huddersfield’s Human & Health Sciences School Research Ethics Panel (SREP). Rachel Armitage (Chair of SREP) R.A.Armitage@hud.ac.uk can be contacted regarding any concerns in relation to the conduct of this study.

Many thanks for your time.

Momna Sajjid

Hello There!

Have you had Visual Problems since your Stroke? These can include:
•Movement of letters and words while reading
•Flashing lights, colours or other disturbances while reading
•An increased sensitivity to light
•Eyestrain and headache
We are looking for participants of any gender between the ages of 30-70 years old in the London/Essex area, in the months of June, July and August to participate in our study at The University of Essex. Participants have to be able to read print, and at a distance of 40cm and are able to communicate.

This study will examine the symptoms of visual stress (such as eyestrain and headaches) occurring after stoke and if different coloured filters help relieve the symptoms. The study will also examine blood-flow non-invasively using infrared light (no pain or surgery) of an area of the brain during a reading task.

It is possible that if you benefit from the coloured filters, you may be able to keep the filter after completion of the study.
If you are interested in this study or for more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Amanda Bidle - akbidl@essex.ac.uk - 07494 865097

Have you found it difficult to walk since your stroke?

Are you interested in physical activity?

Do you live at home?

If it’s a yes, we want to hear your thoughts and views on physical activity!

A research team at Glasgow Caledonian University are designing a physical activity programme for stroke survivors who are unable to walk independently.

In order to do this we will be conducting focus groups and one to one interviews in the university with stroke survivors and their carers.

People who may have some difficulty with communication are especially welcome

You can choose to take part in a one to one or group discussion.

Interviews and focus groups should last no longer than 1 hour 15 minutes. Travel costs will be reimbursed.

If you are interested in taking part and would like further information, please contact Megan Lloyd: megan.lloyd@gcu.ac.uk

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