August 12, 2016

New survey will help develop COPD resources for clinicians

How do GPs / GP registrars approach symptom management and palliative care, when caring for patients with severe COPD?

A research team from the Royal Melbourne Hospital is conducting a survey to understand how GPs and GP registrars approach symptom management and palliative care, when caring for patients with severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). From the results of this study we hope to develop educational resources to assist GPs when caring for this patient group.

They invite you to take part in a voluntary online survey, which will take 5-10 minutes to complete. There are no right or wrong answers to the questions in this survey.

Ethics approval has been granted for this study and there are no anticipated risks to you by taking part in this research. All survey responses will be anonymous and confidential. No personal information that could identify you is being collected and your email address will not be linked to your survey response. Your consent to participate in this study is implied by completing the survey.

Further information about this research study is provided in the attached document.

How can you get involved?

Please click on the link below to proceed to the survey. If the link fails to load automatically, please cut and paste it into your internet browser.

www.surveymonkey.com/r/GPbreathlessnessCOPD

If you have any questions regarding this research, please do not hesitate to contact the principal study investigators directly:

Dr Natasha Smallwood: Natasha.smallwood@mh.org.au or Tel: 03 9342 7708 (Consultant Respiratory Physician, Department of Respiratory Medicine, The Royal Melbourne Hospital)

Dr John Politis: john.politis@mh.org.au or Tel: 03 9342 7708 (Basic Physician Trainee, Department of Respiratory Medicine, The Royal Melbourne Hospital)