Invitation to participate in a new study researching the Quality of Life of Pad Users (bladder problems)
A team of researchers from Southampton University are now recruiting people who use pads for urinary incontinence and other bladder control problems as part of a new research study called the ICIQ-PADPROM Study.  The aim is to develop a questionnaire to be used in clinics and research, to measure the effectiveness of different pads and how they impact on the everyday lives of people with bladder control problems.
We would like you to consider being part of this important study, which will involve you completing the questionnaire and then commenting on it, in a face-to-face interview to be carried out in your own home.  Your views and opinions about the relevance of the contents of this questionnaire are important to the success of this study.
The study has been granted ethical approval and is being carried out by a group of nurses and scientists from the University of Southampton.
B&BF fully supports research projects that seek to improve the care and treatment available for people with bladder and bowel control problems.  However, to be fully effective, any such research must take into account the views and experiences of patients.
You can help us to influence the development of new products and treatments, and help improve services that will in turn improve the quality of life for millions of people in the UK who suffer with bladder and bowel control problems.
Please be assured that the B&BF never gives any contact or personal details to any company or organisation.
For further information about this important study, please read the invitation and patient information shown below.  Applications to be part of this study will close on 31st December 2012.
Invitation to the ICIQ-PADPROM Project - Phase II
The ICIQ-PADPROM Project: quality of life of pad users questionnaire (ref no: 10/H0501/26)
(version 1- dated 01/03/10)
We are a team of researchers from the University of Southampton who are carrying out a study aimed at developing a questionnaire.  This questionnaire will be used in clinics and research to measure the effectiveness of different pads and how they impact on the everyday lives of people with bladder control problems.
We would like to invite you to consider taking part in this important study.  This will involve you completing the questionnaire and then commenting on it, in a face-to-face interview (in your own home). Your views and opinions about the relevance of the contents of the questionnaire are important for the success of this project. This study is separate from the NHS, and therefore your supply of pads will not be affected in anyway.
If you are interested in taking part in this study please contact Charlotte Yearwood Martin on 07984630201 or email her at email@example.com.
Please note that for this phase of the project we would like to speak to people who use absorbent pads themselves rather than the carers of pad users.
Thank you for taking the time to consider this request.
PATIENT INFORMATION SHEET
version 1 (01/03/10)
The ICIQ-PADPROM Project: quality of life of pad users questionnaire  (Ref no:10/H0501/26)
Prof Mandy Fader, C/o Charlotte Yearwood Martin
University of Southampton
Faculty of Health Sciences
Level A (MP11), South Academic Block
Southampton General Hospital
Southampton, SO16 6YD
This study is funded by SCA Hygiene Products AB
The ICIQ-PADPROM Project: quality of life of pad users questionnaire
You are being invited to take part in a research study called the ICIQ-PADPROM project.  Before you decide, it is important for you to understand why this study is being done and what will be involved.  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.
What is the purpose of the study?
A large number of people experience bladder problems. Many rely on pads to effectively contain their leakage.  We know that pads can maintain the quality of life of people with bladder control problems.  Researchers and healthcare workers are increasingly using questionnaires to measure the impact of various treatments on their patients&rsquo quality of life.  There is no appropriate questionnaire to measure the impact of pad use on the quality of life of people who have bladder control problems.
A questionnaire will enable us to measure the impact different pads have on the quality of life of pad users.  The information gathered from the questionnaire will help manufacturers to improve their products and also help health professionals in choosing the most appropriate pads for their patients.
Why have I been chosen for this study?
You have been chosen because you use pads to manage your bladder control problems. The questionnaire will be developed mainly from information you (and other study participants) provide.
Do I have to take part?
No.  It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part in this study.   If you do not wish to take part you do not need to inform us of your decision.  A decision not to take part will not affect the medical care you receive in the future.   Your doctor or nurse will be unaware of your decision to take part or not to take part unless you tell them.
What will happen to me if I take part in this phase of the study?
If you do decide to take part we will ask you to complete a questionnaire, and then provide comments about the various aspects of it in a face-to-face interview.  We will arrange to visit you in your home at a time that will be convenient to you.  We expect that the entire appointment will last approximately one hour.
What are the possible benefits of taking part in this study?
The result of this phase of the study will contribute to the development of a questionnaire to measure the quality of life of pad users.  Currently there are no questionnaires available to measure the impact of pads on an individual&rsquos every day life.  Therefore the development of such a questionnaire will help health professionals to select the most appropriate products for people with bladder control problems.
Will my participation in this study be kept confidential?
Yes.  All the information collected during this study will be kept strictly confidential as required by the Data Protection Act (1998).  To maintain your anonymity a unique identification number will be assigned to all information you provide.  Your name will not appear in any reports on this study.
What will happen to the results?
The results will be used to develop a quality of life questionnaire for pad users that is currently lacking. This questionnaire will be available for use by researchers, nurses and other health workers who provide care on a regular basis for pads users.   The results will also be published in scientific journals and presented at conferences.
Who is organising and funding the research?
The University of Southampton, in collaboration with University College London, has organised this research and funding has been provided by SCA Hygiene Products AB. Sweden (Manufacturers of Tena absorbent products).
Who has reviewed the study?
The proposed study has been reviewed and approved by The Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Research Ethics Committee.
What if you have a concern or a complaint about this study?
You should contact Dr Martina Prude, Head of Research Governance,  (Address: University of Southampton, Building 37, Room 4055, Highfield Campus, Southampton, SO17 1BJ Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 8848 Email: M.A.Prude@soton.ac.uk).
What if I wish to contact the research team?
If you wish to contact a researcher about any aspect of this study, please contact:
Charlotte Yearwood Martin - Mobile: 07984630201 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or alternatively you may write to:
Prof Mandy Fader
University of Southampton
Faculty of Health Science,
Level A (MP11) South Academic Block,
Southampton General Hospital,
Tremona Road, Southampton SO16 6YD
Thank you very much for your help.
Last Updated: 02 January 2013