At the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) we are looking for people to take part in our memory and information processing battery test, which lasts around 45 - 60 minutes. You would be paid £10 for your time. Sound interesting?
If you are over 18 and have not experienced any form of brain injury or stroke we would love to hear from you. The tests are currently taking place in West Sussex at Burgess Hill and Lindfield and in East Sussex at Brighton, Hove and Newhaven. We hope to extend to more locations in the future. Dates and times for the Brighton and Hove: Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove (Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 October between 3 - 6pm) and the Brighton Centre, Brighton (1– 3 November, times tbc).
What is the project about?
We have updated and extended a set of materials used to assess memory: the BIRT Memory and Information Processing Battery (BMIPB). We would like to test the new materials and gather data to use in clinical settings.
What is the BMIPB?
The BMIPB is a collection of tests used by our Clinical Psychologists to measure the effects of damage to the brain on memory and similar abilities. It can help treating clinicians plan individual rehabilitation programmes and follow a person’s recovery. It is also useful in conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease to see how rapidly the condition is progressing and provide help and support accordingly.
Find out more:
If you are interested in taking part, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01444 237 294.
Alternatively, fill in the form below and let us know the address or telephone number we can use to contact you.
What happens next?
If you decide to take part you will be:
- given an information sheet about the project
- paid £10 for your time at the end of the first session
- free to withdraw from the study at any time without giving a reason
If you choose to withdraw from the process we will keep any anonymised data that you may have provided, unless you tell us otherwise. Any personal data will be destroyed.
Are there any risks involved?
There are no risks or disadvantages of taking part in this project. However, if any results from our assessment battery indicate something that could be relevant to your healthcare you have the choice to be informed.
What are the possible benefits of taking part?
Your participation will provide us with information about the memory and information processing abilities of healthy individuals. The information we gather will help us better understand the effects that a brain injury or brain disease has on a person. This can then be used to plan and measure the effects of their rehabilitation. The information may also be useful in areas such as education or work.
Is the test confidential?
All information collected during the research is strictly confidential. You cannot be identified from the information gathered.
Your personal data will be kept secure (password protected) and only seen by the research team who carry out your assessment. Your name and any other information that could identify you will be removed. This is called anonymised data.
The anonymised data will be shared and analysed by the research team. The data will be held by the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust on encrypted computers.
What will happen to the information gained from this project?
We need to know how healthy people perform on our tests so that we can see the effects of brain injury. The information gained from this project will be published in tables as part of the new BMIPB. Some results may also be published in a specialist journal within two years of the research ending.
You will not be identified in any report.
Who has reviewed the project plan?
The project plan has been reviewed and approved by The Disabilities Trust Research Ethics Committee.
Contacts for further information:
For further information please contact Dr Sara da Silva Ramos, Research Fellow (contact details as above)
Thank you for your help.
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