OTalk Research
Research Title
#OTalk - an evaluation of the experiences and impact of a weekly occupational therapy twitterchat.

Purpose of this research
This form is designed to collect responses on your experience with the Twitter chat that uses the hashtag #OTalk (also including previous chats using the hashtag #occhat).

The purpose of this research is to evaluate the impact of #OTalk on a number of factors including:
Opinions and knowledge of occupational therapy and occupational science.
Engagement in Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Changes to Practice.

It is also important to form a better understanding of enablers and barriers to engagement in the chats.

Who can take part?
If you have ever seen or interacted with the #OTalk or #occhat twitter chats please complete this survey whether you are an occupational therapist, occupational therapy student, other health or social care professional/student, service user or member of the general public.

Do I have to take part?
You are under no obligation to take part in this survey, however once survey responses have been submitted they can be edited (if you select that option) but not retracted. Most of the questions in the survey are optional and you are free to leave the survey at any time. We would of course appreciate your open and honest comments in as much detail as you are able to give.

What is involved in taking part in this survey?
This survey is conducted using Google Forms attached to the OTalk team gmail account. An Excel spreadsheet of the responses will be saved.

Please allow 30 minutes to complete the survey (although it may take less time depending on which option you select).

Completing the survey implies consent has been given.

There is no financial reward from taking part in the research.

There are no anticipated negative impacts to taking part in this survey, however you are free to contact the research team via otalk.occhat@gmail.com if you are concerned by any of the questions and we will direct you to relevant services where needed.

Will my involvement in the research be kept confidential?
Only the following members of the OTalk team will have access to data from the form/excel spreadsheet: Kirsty Stanley, Gillian Gorry, Helen Rushton and Clarissa Sørlie.

Please do not include your name or any confidential information referencing yourself or others. The team will anonymise information given when presenting the findings of this research at conferences or in publications.

The anonymised findings will be shared as widely as possible. Examples of dissemination activity are: presentation at the College of Occupational Therapists conference, on our blog and it is our intention to write this up for journal publication.

Who has reviewed the research?
Ethical approval to conduct this survey has been awarded from Bournemouth University.

When does the survey close?
The survey will remain open until the end of June 2014 - early responses will be reviewed and presented at the College of Occupational Therapists conference at the beginning of June 2014.

Contact for further information
If you have any questions please contact the Lead Researcher Kirsty Stanley (Lecturer in Occupational Therapy at Bournemouth University) via otalk.occhat@gmail.com (or, if you prefer, kstanley@bournemouth.ac.uk) before taking part in the survey. Kirsty can arrange to speak to you in person to answer any questions if needed.

Thank you - The #OTalk Team. Kirsty, Gillian, Helen and Clarissa.

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