Investigating the differences between men and women undergoing aortic aneurysm repair
Our research project aims to explore why women are dying and suffering from more complications from abdominal aortic aneurysm repair than men. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a bulge or swelling in the aorta, the main blood vessel that runs from the heart down through the chest and tummy.
Through this study we aim to identify and explore factors that we can use to improve our care pathways and treatment outcomes for both women and men.
We are keen to ensure that patients and carers have a say in how this project is designed and undertaken. We therefore plan to invite patients and carers with relevant experience to attend multiple meetings throughout the project to assess whether the research is looking at the most important outcomes for patients, and that the design of the project is acceptable for those taking part. We also want to invite patient and public representatives to help us design educational resources for patients so that they are simple and informative.
We are looking for volunteers that have either had aortic surgery or have cared/are caring for someone who has undergone aortic surgery.
There is no age limit on participation and you are welcome to make a joint application with a family member (or carer).
We will select up to 10 volunteers, 5 men and 5 women to take part in the project, so to help us, please tell us in your application a short description of your experience of aortic surgery and why you would like to take part.
Please note, if application numbers exceed our planned capacity, we will select members based on diversity of experiences, perspectives and age to ensure the discussion offers a wide representation of views.
What will I be asked to do?
In this role you will be asked to take part in 1-2 hour online meetings every 2-3 months over the course of 3 years. These meetings will involve both researchers and other patient and public members and you will be invited to share your experiences of aortic surgery and provide feedback on the design, undertaking and dissemination of the research project.
All volunteers will receive informal training on the background to the project and will receive support and training for use of the online meeting software such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom as needed.
When and where?
Online (via Zoom or Teams) at 2-3 monthly intervals over the next 3 years of the research study. The first online meeting is planned to take place in late February 2021 (please note this has been updated from Jan 2021)
A date/time will be chosen based on the availability of those interested in taking part.
Will I get anything for taking part?
Volunteers will be reimbursed for their contribution to meetings at a rate of £25 per hour, with an additional £5 per meeting for Wifi costs.
How do I take part?
How do I take part?
If you are interested in taking part in this opportunity, please click the green button "I would like to take part" at the top of this page to register your interest online.
All applications will be reviewed regularly by the opportunity owner. Those who meet the involvement criteria and represent a diversity of perspectives will be contacted inviting them to be involved in the study.
Unfortunately, it may not be possible to involve everyone who applies if the number of applications exceed the quota for this opportunity. Priority will be given to establishing a diverse group of people who bring a wide range of experience and perspectives.
Registration will close on the 20th December 2020. Applicants will be contacted just after this date if invited to take part.
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