[Note to moderators]

Hello,

I just firstly want to say thank you very much for welcoming me onto the forum and say a bit about myself:

My name is Sarah and I am a Psychology student currently in my final year. For a while I have been volunteering on a psychiatric ward for older adults mainly suffering from disorders such as depression and schizophrenia, but often many of them also have dementia. I have found this quite heart breaking and I am very eager to support both them and their caregivers.

I therefore decided to conduct some research into how dementia caregivers use online forums for support, and how this support impacts on their well-being, as this an area within research that is lacking support. The research has passed a strict ethical process and is being supervised by Dr Trigg who specialises in research of both patients with dementia and their caregivers.

Who can fill in the questionnaire, and what does it involve?
The questionnaire is aimed at those caring for someone with dementia, it involves filling out a short questionnaire which should only take 10-15 minutes. You can withdraw from the study at any point, and participation is entirely voluntary. More information about this is provided at the beginning of the survey.

Why is the research being conducted, and what will be done with the data?
There are several reasons for why the research is being conducted. Firstly, as mentioned earlier there is a severe lack of research looking into the support accessed by dementia caregivers, despite many caregivers using online forums. Secondly, it is hoped that the research will be published and will make the government and external organisations aware of the importance of such online support and the need to increase these services.

What is the link to the survey?
http://edu.surveygizmo.com/s3/1069056/D ... ort-forums

If you have any questions, feel free to either
- Post them below
- Private message me
- Email me at]sarah.gardner2010@my.ntu.ac.uk[/url]

I will feedback to anybody interested the final results of the study.

Thank you in advance to anybody who takes part in the research, or even gets to the bottom of this post!