Human challenge trials are research trials in which participants are intentionally challenged (whether or not they have been vaccinated) with an infectious disease organism. Experimental infection with a common cold virus (rhinovirus) has been performed in participants with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These challenge trials appear to be safe but there is a lack of studies exploring the views of COPD patients in participating in these trials. Such information would help to design future challenge trials that are considered acceptable to COPD patients and their family or carers. The aim of this project is to understand the perceptions of and attitudes towards use of viral infection challenge studies in COPD populations. This project will achieve this through an online questionnaire survey followed by in-depth, semi-structured, qualitative interviews by telephone in a subsample of survey respondents.
respiratory, clinical, infection, exacerbation, chronic lung disease, COPD, survey, interview
Central Clinical School » Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory Medicine (AIRMed)
Masters by research
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