This survey forms part of a study being carried out as part of the NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber funded work on primary care based management of older people living with frailty (http://clahrc-yh.nihr.ac.uk/our-themes/primary-care-based-management-of-frailty-in-older-people/1-frailty-home).
Working with older people who are living with frailty is an increasingly important aspect of practice in primary and community care. Under the 2017/18 GP contract (from 1 July 2017) practices will be contractually required to identify and manage patients aged over 65 who are living with moderate to severe frailty. The aim of our study is to understand the priorities and challenges of consultations with this older patient population and their family caregivers. Further information for participants can be accessed by following this link to the participant information sheet
We are using a technique called the Delphi method, which aims to generate consensus amongst a panel of experts. The panel is asked to respond to a series of questions in an initial survey, and then to reflect on the results before they respond to another round of questions in a second survey.
You will be asked for your views and opinions: there are no ‘right’ answers. You have been invited to participate because of your clinical background and experience in health care delivery for older people in primary or community care.
This survey is the first of two rounds. Please try to answer all questions, even though we do not expect you to have in depth knowledge of all of them. Most of the questions can be answered with only a single selection. Where appropriate, a space has been provided for you to add any additional information that you feel is important, but not captured by the survey questions. The survey should take about 15 minutes. Completion of the survey constitutes your consent to take part (there is no separate consent form for you to complete).
Once the responses from this round have been received, the findings will be summarised and used to develop the second round of questions. You will receive a copy of the results summary, alongside the link to the second survey, which will give you the opportunity to revise and reflect on your answers in the next round. The second survey will be sent out in late June/ early July 2017.
Your participation in the survey and your individual responses will be kept confidential.
We would like to extend our sincere thanks for taking the time to participate in this study. We hope that you find this process both interesting and informative. Please do not hesitate to get in touch (details below) if you have any questions or concerns about this survey (or any aspect of our study).
Helen Jarvis and Barbara Hanratty, Newcastle University
Karen Spilsbury, University of Leeds
Professor Karen Spilsbury
School of Healthcare, Faculty of medicine and Health, University of Leeds