Health Professional Survey
Please ensure that you read and understand the following information.
This research is being conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Technology Sydney. The goal of the study is to determine the nature of care pathways for stroke survivors with visual impairment in NSW. It aims to find out the timing and tools used for vision screening, the type of management and referrals given, as well as the long term visual rehabilitation. From the information you give us, coupled with the perspectives of stroke survivors, we aim to identify gaps in the eye care pathway and potential barriers to successful management and rehabilitation for visual conditions.
You have been invited to participate in this study because you are a healthcare professional whom provides care for stroke survivors in NSW. You have responded to an invitation to participate in this survey OR you have sought out this survey via an advertisement. Please note that there is no financial remuneration provided to participants in this study.
If you decide to participate, you will be asked to complete a series of questions about your experience and perspective on the nature of vision disorders post-stroke and the resulting vision care provided in your workplace. The questions in this survey will collect information on the following:
• The type of stroke setting your workplace is and how stroke patients are referred to you
• The vision screening process in your workplace
• The types and frequency of visual problems found in stroke patients in your workplace
• How these visual problems are managed in your workplace
• Your experience of barriers to providing assessment and/or management of these visual problems
The survey takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. If completing the survey online, you may save your responses at any point and resume the survey at a later time.
ARE THERE ANY INCONVENIENCE OR RISKS?
Yes, the time given (30 minutes) to complete the survey may be an inconvenience. You might also feel some uncomfortable emotions when recalling information about the experiences of stroke patients and barriers to providing care within the workplace. If so, you can stop the survey at any time without giving a reason.
You don't have to say yes. Participation in this study is voluntary. It is completely up to you whether or not you decide to take part. Your decision to participate, or not, will not affect your relationship with the researchers or UTS.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I SAY NO?
Nothing, I will thank you for your time and won't contact you about this research again. If you decide not to participate in the survey, we will not collect additional information from you and destroy existing information and contact details. If you wish to withdraw from the study once it has started, you can do so at any time without having to give a reason, by contacting Dr Amanda French - E: Amanda.French@uts.edu.au PH: (02) 9514 7238 or Shanelle Sorbello - E: Shanelle.Sorbello@student.uts.edu.au PH: (02) 9514 4106.
By submitting this survey you consent to the research team collecting and using the information provided in this survey for the research study. All this information will be treated confidentially. The data will be de-idetified and securely stored on a UTS internal server, which is accessible only via an authenticated UTS system login and only available to the researchers involved in this study. Your information will only be used for the purpose of this research project. It can only be disclosed with your permission, except as required by law.
We plan to publish the results of the study in scientific journals and present results at relevant scientific conferences. In any publication, information will be provided in such a way that you or your workplace cannot be identified.
WHAT IF I HAVE CONCERNS OR A COMPLAINT?
If you have concerns about the research, please feel free to contact Dr Amanda French - E: Amanda.French@uts.edu.au PH: (02) 9514 7238 or Shanelle Sorbello - E: Shanelle.Sorbello@student.uts.edu.au PH: (02) 9514 4106.
This study has been approved by the University of Technology Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee. If you have any concerns or complaints about any aspect of the conduct of this research, please contact the Ethics Secretariat on ph.: +61 2 9514 2478 or email: [Research.Ethics@uts.edu.au], and quote the UTS HREC reference number [ETH18-2675]. Any matter raised will be treated confidentially, investigated and you will be informed of the outcome.
By completing and submitting this survey you are indicating your consent to participate.
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