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Perceptions of and attitudes towards infection challenge studies in COPD: cross-sectional survey and qualitative interview study of patients and caregivers

Description 
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.
Essential criteria: 
Minimum entry requirements can be found here: https://www.monash.edu/admissions/entry-requirements/minimum
Keywords 
respiratory, clinical, infection, exacerbation, chronic lung disease, COPD, survey, interview
School 
Central Clinical School » Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory Medicine (AIRMed)
Available options 
Masters by research
Masters by coursework
Honours
BMedSc(Hons)
Time commitment 
Full-time
Part-time
Physical location 
Alfred Centre99 Commercial Road, South Yarra, VIC
Co-supervisors 
Prof 
Anne Holland

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