Volunteers needed for skin studies
The Centre for Skin Sciences together with the Digital Health Enterprize Zone (DHEZ) conduct various skin studies during the year.
We are interested to register volunteers for a forthcoming study which will test a new adhesive material which will be used by ostomy wearers. The materials being tested are commercially available and safe to use. We are interested to compare two different types of material. Volunteers should be over 18 and we would like to recruit both males and females.
The study involves wearing 2 types of adhesive patch (2x6cm) for up to 6 hours during one working day or up to 24 hours, ie overnight. The sites for testing will be the upper arm and the side of the abdomen. The volunteers will be asked to complete a short questionnaire and a subset of volunteers will have the adhesive patch removed in what is termed a 'Peel Test' using a machine that measures the 'stickiness'.
If you are interested to volunteer for this or any future skin studies, please register your interest by clicking the email link below.
- Before you are invited to take part, we will check that you meet all the inclusion criteria (supplied by email).
- You will be asked to sign an informed consent form (supplied by email) before you attend or on the day of the appointment.
- As with all research studies, you can withdraw at any time without having to give a reason, by emailing the study coordinator Dr Gill Westgate
- Your personal information will be kept confidential and only your gender, age and ethnicity will be recorded and all data will be anonymised.
- The Covid-19 situation means that both you and the study staff will be wearing face masks and the areas you will visit will be thoroughly cleaned between visits.
What Do I Have To do?
If you consent to take part we will ask you to be available on the study day and or the next day as per the schedule below:
Visit 1 (am)
- participants sit in a clinic room for 20 mins to allow skin to equilibrate with the room humidity
- adhesive patch applied to participants’ forearms and torso
- TEWL of adhesive patch recorded; TEWL of adjacent skin site with no patch recorded
- Participants are free to leave
The day passes and participants go about their daily work. There is no restriction on clothing worn over the adhesive patches.
Visit 2 (after 6 or 24h)
- participants return to DHEZ and sit in regulated temp room for 20 mins
- during this time they fill in a brief questionnaire with questions on comparable comfort in wear as well as reporting any skin symptoms such as itch or erythema (redness) during wear.
- TEWL of dressings recorded; TEWL of adjacent skin site with no patch recorded
- the adhesive patch is removed by the participant
- A photograph of the area with the adhesive is taken after removal
- the participant completes the questionnaire on questions related to removal
- the participant is free to leave