Lower-Limb Amputees Required to help with Research into Activity Levels

Dr. Bethan Griffiths would like your help into research which aims to develop an understanding of physical activity levels in a lower-limb amputee group and the barriers participants have in becoming and remaining physically active. She is a postgraduate student undertaking a dissertation project to complete a sports and exercise medicine MSc at Cardiff Metropolitan University. The overall purpose of the research is to identify needs and means to ensure improved levels of physical activity can be achieved in lower-limb amputees.

She is looking to recruit lower-limb amputees, aged over 18, who are otherwise healthy and injury free, to complete an online questionnaire which should take no more than 20 minutes. It has been designed to collect data that will calculate current physical activity levels and ask the participant to agree or disagree with a list of statements related to barriers to physical activity. Ethical approval has been granted by Cardiff Metropolitan University. Participants identity will remain confidential and annonymous within any written document that is created to communicate the main research findings of the study in accordance with the guidelines of the Data Protection Act (1998). She will also be recruiting able-bodied controls for comparison.

The overall purpose of the study is to benefit the amputee population by extending understanding of physical activity levels and barriers to physical activity. Dr. Bethan Griffiths

If, having read the information below, you’d like to take part in the survey, please scroll down to the link at the bottom of the page.


Background
Physical activity is known to benefit health and well-being, with evidence to support its use in preventing heart attacks, diabetes and some cancers. Improvements in health through physical activity can be made irrespective of your current health or disability level. Very little is known about physical activity levels and barriers to becoming active in the population of people with a physical disability. The aim of this study is to develop an understanding of current activity levels in a lower-limb amputee group and the barriers they have in becoming and remaining physically active. Information for amputees will be compared to a group of people who do not suffer with mobility impairments. The overall purpose is to identify needs and means to ensure improved levels of physical activity can be achieved in lower-limb amputees.

Recruitment Criteria
The focus of the study is to examine levels of physical activity and explore perceived barriers to physical activity of adult (18+years) lower-limb amputees. The study also aims to recruit participants without a physical disability to act as a control group for comparison. As an amputee who fulfils the respective criteria, or as a control participant without a disability, who is healthy and injury-free, you have been invited to participate in the study.

Requirements of the Participant
You will be asked to complete a questionnaire which should take less than 20 minutes to complete. It has been designed to collect data that will calculate your current physical activity levels in and around the house, travel to and activity at work, and recreational activities. It shall also ask you to agree or disagree with a list of statements related to barriers to physical activity. Please be aware that there is no obligation to complete this questionnaire and, if you wish, you may withdraw prior to submitting your responses without providing a reason.

Potential Risks
Please note this study does not provide any exercise prescription guidance or feedback regarding your physical activity levels. If you are interested in becoming more physically active you are advised to contact a medical professional, such as your GP.

Potential Benefits
The overall purpose of the study is to benefit the amputee population by extending understanding of physical activity levels and barriers to physical activity. Improving knowledge and awareness of this topic will aid improvements in accessibility to a more active lifestyle, and the associated health and well-being benefits such as lifestyle and related behaviour modifications, in people with a lower-limb amputation.

Confidentiality
Your identity will remain confidential and anonymous within any written document that is created to communicate the main research findings of this study. All personal information that may be collected will remain confidential in accordance to the guidelines of the Data Protection Act (1998.)

Contact
If you have any questions, or would like further information, please contact myself or my research supervisor using details provided below:

Dr Bethan Griffiths (Postgraduate Student)
Cardiff School of Sport, Cardiff Metropolitan University
Email: B.Griffiths9@outlook.cardiffmet.ac.uk

Dr Paul M. Smith (Research Supervisor)
Cardiff School of Sport, Cardiff Metropolitan University
Tel: +44(0)2920 416 687 or Email: psmith@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Thank you in advance for taking time to complete and submit this survey.

Dr Bethan Griffiths, MBBCh, PG Dip SEM.


Please click on the link to access the survey:

https://cardiffmet.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eOKmo3qeWcFu27r