A qualitative study on the effects of a peer-befriending scheme for people with aphasia (SUPERB trial)
1st supervisor: Dr Katerina Hilari
Mental Health and Language and Communication Science
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
- Speech and language therapy or related (e.g. psychology degree) (essential)
- Experience of working with people with aphasia (essential)
- Qualitative Research experience (essential)