Information Sheet for Study 

I am a researcher that is interested in the stories people with multiple sclerosis tell. This project is one of an extensive range of projects that hopes to further and establish the role, benefit and factors that influence the stories that people tell. 


1.         Study title

Testing the model of emotion, adaptation and hope (MEAH) training for Physiotherapy students; a randomized control trial


2.         Invitation 

You are being invited to take part in a research study.  Before you decide it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve.  Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish.  Ask us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. Take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part.


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3.         What is the purpose of the study?

The purpose of this study is to understand the feasibility of training physiotherapy students to use a tool that is able to assess hope, psychological adaptation and emotional well-being of patients who have symptoms from chronic illnesses or traumas. All students will receive this lecture as part of a training session planned within the department of physiotherapy.This session is organised to promote research lead teaching and is delivered as part of the Physiotherapy Undergraduate Course at the University of Birmingham.We are asking whether you would beprepared to consent to completing a questionnaire that gathers more details about your opinion of the ideas after the session.



4.         Why have I been chosen?

You have been chosen to take part because you are undertaking a physiotherapy degree that will enable you to practice as a health care profession who could benefit from receiving training. As part of the development of this intervention it is essential that your views, experiences and perceptions of intervention are incorporated and help inform future courses or training events. 


5.         Do I have to take part?

It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part.  If you do decide to you will be given this information sheet to keep and as something that you might choose to refer back to. You will be asked to sign a consent form to say you are happy to take part in the study.  If you decide to take part you are still free to withdraw at any time without giving a reason. Please be aware that once the data has been published then you will not be able to withdraw.  It is expected the date after which it will not be possible to withdraw will be 1 June 2020. To remove your responses from the research please take a note of your Unique Identification Number written on your questionnaire and email Dr A Soundy ( to have your completed questionnaire removed from the data that is gathered. 


6.         What will happen to me if I take part?

You will be allocated to a control group or an intervention group. For both groups you will be required to complete a short set of questionnaires/outcome measures beforeand after (straight after the session)he training session has been completedand then at follow up (6 weeks)where Dr Soundy will attend a year cohort lecture. These questionnaires take 10 minutes to completed. Both groups will take place within a lecture hall at the University of Birmingham. The intervention group will consider the impact of receiving information relevant to the concepts illness narratives and the psychology of illness. You will receive 2 research participation hours for attending this course and a chance to win oneof 20 * £10 vouchers. 


At a later point we will invite some students to take part in a focus group about the study. We will provide a 5-pound voucher for participation. 


7.         What do I have to do?

You will attend a lecture arranged through the physiotherapy program which is delivered by Dr A Soundy. This lecture will either provide you with a control condition or the intervention group. At the start of the lecture and at the end of the lecture you will be asked to answer a set of questionnaires that would include demographical details about yourself as well as open questions around your views, attitudes and perceptions of the session and its content. Please note filling in the questionnaires is optional, it is research and part of a study notpart of your course. These questionnaires take a total of 10 minutes to complete each time. Some students will be asked to take part in a focus group following this study to consider your views more broadly. 



8.         What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?

Giving time to this training may impact on your day. This training is not a core part of your course. 


9.         Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

All information that is collected about you during the course of the research will be kept strictly confidential. All questionnaires following the session will be anonymous and will be kept in a locked office in a secure building at the University of Birmingham. This data will be kept for 10 years and in accordance with GDPR (2018). 


10.       What will happen to the results of the research study?

The results will be presented within the university, used for conference presentations and publications which might include journals or a book. 


11.       Who has reviewed the study?

The University of Birmingham ethics committee has reviewed the study. 

Review number: ERN_18-1970X.


12.       Contacts for further Information

            Dr A Soundy 

Email:  Phone: 0121 4148385