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Investigating Language Awareness among Medical Professionals Research Survey

Mar 30, 2024 | Education Programs, Research Participation

Investigating Language Awareness among Medical Professionals
Investigators: Alexandra Zezinka Durfee, PhD CCC-SLP

Purpose of the Study: The purpose of the study is to understand current level of awareness and referral practices of patients with stroke to speech therapy (or speech-language pathology) services by other medical professionals with the goal of improving identification and referral of patients with suspected or observed communication impairments due to stroke.

Procedures: In this study, you will be asked to answer a series of survey questions about post-stroke behavioral consequences, your patterns of referral of these patients to speech therapy. Completion of the survey is estimated to take 10-15 minutes. You will not be asked to provide any identifying information. You have the option to provide your email address at the end of the survey to be entered in a drawing to win one of ten (10) $50 gift cards. If you provide your email address, it will not be associated with your answers to the survey questions.

Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria: To participate in this study, you must be a practicing medical professional between the ages of 18-89, proficient in reading English, and have experience in post-stroke management/care at some point in your clinical practice.

Risks/Discomfort: There is a risk of a breach of confidentiality if participants choose to provide their email addresses. To minimize this risk, collected completed survey question responses and email addresses will be separated and stored in separate documents so that survey responses will not be tied to email addresses.

Benefits: There are no direct benefits from participation in this study. Findings from this study will inform educational areas to improve post-stroke communication recognition and referral to speech therapy services.

Alternatives to Participation: There are no alternatives to participation in the current study. Participation is voluntary, and you have the right to withdraw or discontinue your involvement in the study at any time without any negative impact on your relationship with Towson University or the study’s research lab. You may also choose not to answer any questions that you do not want to answer.

Cost Compensation: As compensation for study participation, if you complete the survey, you will be given the option to provide your email to be entered in a drawing to win one of ten (10) eligible $50 gift cards. Confidentiality: To ensure your anonymity and confidentiality, participants may choose to provide their email address to be entered into a drawing for compensation for study participation. If you choose not to provide your email address, we are not collecting any other identifying information that could be used to identify you. The program used to house the questionnaire will be set to remove all identifying information from the dataset including IP addresses. We ask that you NOT place your name or other information that could identify you on your survey. The only exception to this is if you provide your email to be entered into the gift card. Email addresses will be immediately removed from completed surveys and stored in a separate document so that your survey responses and email addresses cannot be linked. The list of emails will be maintained on a password-protected computer stored in the PI’s office and will be accessible only to study staff. The list of email addresses will be destroyed after data collection has been completed, survey drawing completed, and gift cards successfully awarded to selected participants. Any publications or reports that result from this research will not include identifying information on any participant.

Limits to Confidentiality: Although we will do everything we can to assure your confidentiality, the researchers are bound by Maryland law to report to Maryland Child Protective Services as well as the University President or her designee, any instances of child or elder abuse (including sexual, physical, or emotional abuse as well incest) and neglect, regardless of when they occurred and regardless of whether you, or someone else, are/were the victim or perpetrator. The researchers are also required to intervene on your, or an intended victim’s, behalf should you indicate an intention to harm or kill yourself or someone else. University System of Maryland policy also requires that the researchers inform University Officials about any instances of sexual contact between students and either faculty or staff members. Finally, in the event of a medical emergency, the research team is permitted to release any information about you that is necessary to ensure that you receive adequate medical care.

Contact Information: If you have any questions regarding your rights as a research participant please contact the Institutional Review Board Chairperson, Dr. Elizabeth Katz, Office of University Research Services, 8000 York Road, Towson University, Towson, Maryland 21252; phone (410) 704-2236.

If you have questions about the study or if you wish to withdraw your consent, please contact the Investigator, Dr. Alexandra Zezinka Durfee, Department of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology, 7903 Glen Drive, Towson University, Towson, MD 21204; phone (410) 704-3860.

Thank you in advance for your participation!

The two link below contains the survey administered via Qualtrics:

(1) A link to the consent form and survey questions


(2) A link that will ask for your email address so that you can be entered in a drawing to win one of ten available $50 gift cards. Your email and survey responses will be saved separately so that your responses cannot be connected to you. Email addresses will be destroyed after the gift card drawing is complete. Your emails will not be shared, and no additional information will be sent to you apart from notification that you have won a gift card.