Older people needed to test an online symptom checker tool

18 May 2016

You are invited to take part in an online study conducted by researchers from the University of Manchester.

In this study, we are evaluating a tool which helps people decide if they need to see a doctor about certain symptoms. You can take part if you, or someone you know, has any of the following symptoms:

  • A cough (whether dry and tickly or productive with phlegm)
  • A long-standing cough that changes or gets worse
  • Feeling out of breath
  • Discomfort in the chest, shoulder or back
  • Coughing up phlegm with blood in it (even if just a few specks) / spitting blood
  • Changes in your voice
  • Unexplained weight loss or unexplained loss of appetite
  • Swelling of face and neck
  • Persistent / recurring chest infections
  • Tiredness or lack of energy
  • Any changes in the appearance of the fingers or finger nails (such as a softening of the nailbed, stronger than normal curving of the fingernails, or thickening of the fingertips)

In this study, you will be asked a few questions about yourself or the person who has the symptoms. After that you will be presented with some information about the symptoms that will help you decide if you need to see a doctor. You can also take part if you have already been to a doctor, if the symptoms are still unresolved.

Please note you can only participate if you are aged 18 or over and if you live in the UK. You should only take part if you do not know what is causing the symptoms.

If you would like to find out more or take part, please visit: www.when2go-study.co.uk

Or contact julia.mueller@manchester.ac.uk, telephone: 0161 275 7821

This study was approved by the University of Manchester Research Ethics Committee on 30/09/2015 (Ref: 15353).

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