Exploring Couples’ Relationships after Brain Injury

A team at the University of Oxford are interested in hearing about the experiences of people in a relationship with a partner who has experienced stroke for research exploring how brain injury affects couples’ relationships.

We hope this will improve support given to couples as they adapt to life after injury.

Who can take part?

To take part you must be in a relationship with someone who has an acquired brain injury, such as stroke.

You must have been in a relationship with them since before their stroke and this must have occurred at least six months ago.

What will it Involve?

If you meet this eligibility and are willing to take part, please click on this link to complete a 15 minute online survey.

The survey involves four short questionnaires to help us to understand the nature of your relationship before and after the injury. These are explained in more detail through the link.

Your participation is entirely voluntary. If you have any questions please contact Lawson Falshaw at lawson.falshaw@hmc.ox.ac.uk.

Hi Loshy, please don’t be put off taking part in this study if you’re interested.

Most of the participation requests I post here comes from different teams and universities, so aren’t related to each other. This one doesn’t have an age limit so you won’t be excluded from the study on those grounds.

Researchers usually think very carefully about their inclusion criteria so there’s good reasons behind any restrictions, which are related to the specific scope of their research question.

We know that scope doesn’t always reflect the real world and we do what we can but trust the thorough university processes that the research goes through. Trials go through a lot of steps and checks before being granted permission.

A way we try to help make sure the scope of research questions and studies are designed to include and reflect the experience of people affected by stroke is through our active ‘research involvement’ programme.

This includes Stroke Voices in Research, a group of people affected by stroke who sign up for opportunities to shape research together with researchers and make sure these criteria and other considerations reflect the real world.

Do let me know if you’re interested in more information!