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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.

Contact us by email to register your interest to take part

Information for volunteers

What Is The Purpose of This Study?

This study will investigate the performance of the two products on a small group of male and female volunteers over 18 with no obvious or declared skin conditions such as dry skin, eczema, dermatitis or known allergy to adhesives such as those used in Elastoplast or latex products. We will record ethnic nationality of participants but multiple nationalities are not required.

The size of the product will be maximally 2 x 6 cm. The product will be applied and left in place for 6 hours during the working day and for those who agree, it will be left in place overnoght up to 24 hours.

The primary outcome is to investigate the performance of the products in maintaining optimum skin condition as measured by trans epidermal water loss (TEWL) using a non-invasive TEWL meter. This will be compared to the TEWL on an adjacent body site without any adhesive patch. A secondary outcome is focused on improvement in ease of product removal from skin with little or no damage as measured by skin protein assay on the adhesive once removed after 6/24 hours wear.

Ethics approval has been granted by the Chair of the Biomedical, Natural, Physical and Health Sciences Research Ethics Panel at the University of Bradford on 22-10-20.

Provisional dates: to be announced.

Principal Investigator Dr Tom Swift

Study Coordinator Dr Gill Westgate

Your participation

  • 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