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The Solas Study



If I decide not to take part in the study, will I lose my place on the waiting list for physiotherapy?

No. If you decide not to take part you will not lose your place on the list for physiotherapy. If you choose not to participate, this will not affect your future access to physiotherapy services.


How do you know that I am suitable for the study?

A research physiotherapist from UCD will give you a call and ask you questions about your general health - this usually takes up to 10 minutes. From this assessment, she will determine if you are suitable to participate and arrange an appointment to meet you.

When you meet with the Research Physiotherapist in person, she will assess you to ensure that you are suitable to participate. In some cases, with your permission we may also contact your GP to confirm this.   


How will the data be used and your privacy protected?


All information collected about you during the study will be kept strictly confidential at all times. A study number will be used to identify you. Your name will not be published or shared with anyone outside of your physiotherapy team.

Data (including audio recordings and observation notes), will be stored on a password protected storage device and  kept in a locked filing cabinet in a secure office in UCD for 3 years after the study and then destroyed according to the Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003 by Dr Deirdre Hurley-Osing (Principal Investigator).


Are there any risks involved?

There are no risks involved in taking part in this study beyond those of usual physiotherapy care. Your physiotherapist may recommend exercises for you.  Exercise is safe for most people. If you are currently inactive, your physiotherapist may suggest that you speak to your doctor before taking part in this study. 


For further information...

When the UCD Researcher contacts you for your follow up assessments, she will let you know where and when you can find the results of the study. For privacy reasons, individual results will not be available but you will be able to see the final results of the study.