A study is being conducted by the La Trobe University Living with Disability Research Centre.
Research from Australia and other countries has shown that people with cognitive disabilities have difficult hospital encounters and poor outcomes. To learn more about this research, read their here: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6963/14/505
They are looking for participants who are over 18, live in the Eastern Health catchment area and have a cognitive disability including those with an intellectual disability or traumatic/acquired brain injury.
Researchers are investigating the experiences of people with cognitive disability (intellectual disability and traumatic brain injury) during hospital encounters. They want to understand these experiences from the perspectives of patients with cognitive disability, people who support them (e.g., family, disability support staff), and hospital staff.
This will help hospitals and other health care settings to learn what facilitates a good experience and positive outcomes, and the barriers to these.
All participants or their next-of-kin will receive an information pack, including an information sheet and consent form.
To register your interest or find out more about this study, contact Dr Cindy Cheng or Ms Sophia Tipping on 03 9479 5740; or Professor Christine Bigby on 03 9479 1016 or email HospitalCD@latrobe.edu.au