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A qualitative study on the effects of a peer-befriending scheme for people with aphasia (SUPERB trial)


1st supervisor: Dr Katerina Hilari

2nd supervisors: Professor Alan Simpson, Dr Sarah Northcott

Research centres

Language and Communication Science

Mental Health and Language and Communication Science

Project description

This project will run within the context of a larger trial. We have secured funding from The Stroke Association (TSA) to run a feasibility phase II RCT of a peer-befriending scheme for people with aphasia (01/06/16 - 30/11/19). We are seeking a doctoral student to undertake aspects of this work. One aspect is a qualitative evaluation which aims to: a) triangulate information collected on the quantitative outcome measures, adding contextual information, depth and detail; b) provide feedback on experience of study procedures, assessments, care received, intervention (for those who received it) in order to refine the protocol further prior to a phase III RCT; c) explore experiences of peer-befrienders.

Participants with aphasia (n=10 intervention; n=10 usual care), significant others (n=5 intervention; n=5 usual care) and peer befrienders (n=10) will complete semi-structured interviews.  Those who have received peer-befriending will be interviewed twice to explore their views in the longer term as well. We aim to fund a doctoral student for 3 years (Feb 2017-January 2020) to work on addressing the research aims of this project. The student will i) complete a systematic literature review on this area; ii) work with consultants with aphasia, speech and language therapists and the project team to finalise the topic guides and procedures of the study; iii) collect, analyse and write for publication interview data from participants with aphasia, significant others and peer befrienders.

Recommended Skills / Prior Learning

  1. Speech and language therapy or related (e.g. psychology degree) (essential)
  2. Experience of working with people with aphasia (essential)
  3. Qualitative Research experience (essential)