Spinal Cord Injury Ontario

Participate in Research

Pressure Injuries and COVID-19

How is COVID-19 effecting access to and the delivery of skin and wound care services for Individuals Living with Pressure Injuries and or Spinal Cord Injury?

We invite you to take part in this one-on-one interview being conducted in partnership with faculty members at Cape Breton University, leaders at Wounds Canada, and Spinal Cord Injury Ontario.

One of the important goals for Wounds Canada and Spinal Cord Injury Ontario is to support clients and their caregivers living with a pressure injury and or a spinal cord injury (SCI) who receive skin and wound care. We understand the COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact on how you access and receive skin and wound care services and we are interested to learn how the access and delivery of care has changed during the pandemic. Please take a few minutes to answer this short survey. Your responses will assist us as we develop educational and informational resources to support you and your families during this time and to advocate to governments on your behalf.

Who is eligible to participate: To participate in this study, you:

  • Adults (18+ yrs)
  • live with a pressure injury and or a spinal cord injury
  • are a caregiver of an adult with a pressure injury
  • in a role where you access and receive skin and wound care services, and be
  • willing to participate in the completion of a one-on-one interview.

What is involved:
Participants will be asked questions. Interview data will be anonymized. You will be asked about your experiences while adapting to COVID-19 while accessing and receiving skin and wound care services. Your feedback will support Wounds Canada and Spinal Cord Injury Ontario to best respond to your educational and informational needs. Privacy and anonymity will continue to be ensured for those that wish to share their story.

Possible risks and discomforts

When participating in this study, there will be minimal risks and discomforts. Participants, you, do not have to complete survey questions that make them uncomfortable, nor do they have to answer any questions they prefer not to answer. Each participant is free to end or leave the survey at any time.

While living during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is expected that participants may access usual psychosocial and mental health support through their Provincial / Territorial Health Authorities or Employee Assistance Programs or call 2-1-1.

Possible benefits

There are no direct personal benefits from taking part in this study. From the results, participants may indirectly benefit by increasing their awareness of how their peers adapted.

Confidentiality and anonymity

All information collected is confidential and will only be used as part of this research project. Because Wounds Canada controls the database of emails, the research team has no way of identifying individual participants.

Your name or anything that could identify you will not appear in any research report or publication. All original interview data will be stored in a secure location. All data stored on the researchers’ laptop will be encrypted and password protected. Only the researchers will have access to the collected data. All data pertaining to this study will be securely maintained in a locked location for five years after the study is completed and published. After this time, the information will be destroyed.

When the study is complete, the results will be shared with interested groups in the form of poster and verbal presentations) for inclusion at relevant conferences, locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally.

Further information about the study

If you agree to complete the interview an informed consent will be completed with the interviewer prior to the interview taking place.

If you would like to participate or find out more please follow this link.

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