Emily Thomson, a PhD student from Glasgow Caledonian University, is recruiting for a study to understand the experiences of people living with dementia around their bladder and bowel health. Please see the below request from Emily and get in touch directly if you would like to take part. 

Our research is investigating which aspects of bladder and bowel care are most important to people living with dementia and their caregivers. We would like to discuss the issue with people living with dementia who may experience incontinence as well as those who do not. We will be using “Q methodology” which involves participants reading a set of 25 short statements around the topic of bladder and bowel health in relation to dementia. They will be asked to place these statements on a grid, ranking these from most important to least important. Following that they will be asked a couple of follow up questions around how the statements made them feel and any issues which were raised during completion of the exercise. The whole process should take around one hour and only involves one visit.

We are looking to recruit 30 individuals in total, ten people living in the early stages of dementia in their own homes, ten people with current or past experience of caring for someone with dementia and ten healthcare professionals with an interest in either bladder and bowel care and/or dementia.

The interviews will be conducted in person within the greater Glasgow area, either at Glasgow Caledonian University or at the participants own home or place of preference as long as it is around greater Glasgow due to travelling reasons.

I am the principle researcher for the project and can be contacted via Emily.thomson2@gcu.ac.uk or 07432178563.

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