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Participation in an online animated 'role-play' study of being offered a new screening tool

Participation in an online animated 'role-play' study of being offered a new screening tool

Overview

Would you want to know early if you were going to develop a neurodegenerative disease?

  • 10 - 15 minutes
  • Research Participant
  • Participate

Taking Part

To take part in this study, please click the button below. The study will open in a new tab or window.

I would like to take part

Aim

By the time Parkinson’s disease is diagnosed, much of the essential functioning in the affected area of the brain has been lost. Therefore, early diagnosis is key to beginning treatment early. As the eye is essentially an outgrowth of the brain, changes in the back of the eye are associated with changes in the brain, which can be viewed via 3D scanning Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), increasingly available in high-street optometrists.

Although these changes are often too subtle for the human eye to detect, recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning allow for the possibility of screening for neurodegenerative disease as part of a routine eye test, allowing for earlier diagnosis and subsequent treatment. However, this raises the critical question of whether people would want to be screened for to detect the early signs of neurodegenerative disease such as Parkinson’s. Therefore, this study aims to investigate the factors that may influence an individual’s decision to use such a tool, by simulating a trip to the opticians.

By participating in this study, VOICE members will help to map a route for improving acceptability and uptake of such a tool, if (most likely when) it becomes available. For example, the results may advise on which groups may benefit from interventions to encourage screening uptake or raise awareness.

Volunteer Criteria

Participants must be

  • over 18,
  • reside in the UK,
  • speak fluent English. 

(references are made to the NHS which makes the study UK-specific)

What will I be asked to do?

The study should take around 10-15 minutes to complete online.

Participants will be asked some brief questions before beginning the animated 'role play'. The study will simulate a trip to the opticians for an eye test, where particpants will be offered a new screening tool. 

When and where?

You can take part in this study anytime online until 15th November 22.

Newcastle University

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Taking Part

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