Who is conducting the research?
Dr Ronelle Hewetson, A/Prof Petrea Cornwell, Ms Amanda Love
School of Health Sciences and Social Work, Griffith University, Gold Coast Australia

Why is the research being conducted?
The aim of this research is to develop recommendations for a screening version of the Montreal Protocol for the Evaluation of Communication (MEC) through consensus from an expert panel of speech pathologists.

What participation involves
Participants will be invited to complete two consecutive online questionnaires. The first questionnaire will gather demographic information such as experience working with people with right hemisphere stroke and/or traumatic brain injury; participant opinion about the usability and value of the MEC; and ratings of a series of statements about parts of the MEC that should be retained. The second questionnaire will be informed by responses from the first and participants will be asked to rate a series of statements, on Likert scales, about essential items to retain and/or add in a screening version of the MEC. Each questionnaire should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete.
 
Confidentiality and Risks
You will be asked to provide your email details to enable distribution of the second-round survey and to enable the removal of your data should you request to withdraw from the research. Your email will not be recorded when survey data is entered into a spreadsheet, but rather, an anonymous participant code will be assigned (e.g. SP10). Data will be retained in a password protected file at Griffith University for a period of five years before being destroyed. Participation in this study is voluntary. You can withdraw at any point without compromising your relationship with the researchers. There are no foreseeable risks associated with participation.

Dissemination of findings
Information analysed may be written up for presentation at conferences and/or publications. A summary of the results can be provided to you if requested via email (r.hewetson@griffith.edu.au).

Expressing consent
By accessing and completing the survey via the electronic link that follows, you are consenting to participate in this research.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZBM2Z2F 

You may forward this participant information sheet, containing the survey link to speech pathologists with expertise in working with people with Right Hemisphere Stroke or Traumatic Brain Injury who have used the Montreal Protocol for the Evaluation of Communication (MEC).
Questions and further information

If you have questions regarding this study, please email Ronelle Hewetson: r.hewetson@griffith.edu.au.

The conduct of this research involves the collection, access, storage and/or use of your identified personal information. The information collected is confidential and will not be disclosed to third parties without your consent, except to meet government, legal or other regulatory authority requirements. For further information consult the University's Privacy Plan at http://www.griffith.edu.au/about-griffith/plans-publications/griffith-university-privacy-plan or telephone (07) 3735 4375.

If potential participants have any concerns or complaints about the ethical conduct of the research project they should contact the Manager, Research Ethics on 373 54375 or research-ethics@griffith.edu.au.
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