Epidogs Project: International Questionnaire For Dog Owners with Epilepsy
Ghent University, Belgium
About the study
Some dogs seem to sense when a person is about to have a seizure. However, we still don't really know the reliability with which this occurs which sensory system they use (for example through the sense of smell, through sight, etc.). With the Epidogs project we are trying to understand this behaviour better and, possibly, to help make training seizure alert dogs easier.
We would like to invite everyone that has been diagnosed with epilepsy and currently lives with a dog to get involved. The dog doesn't have to show seizure-alerting behaviour to take part.
We've designed a questionnaire to learn more about the dog’s behaviour, personality and the way it interacts with the owner. We will also ask some questions about the owner's seizures.
The questionnaire can be accessed from our website, where you can also find more information about us and the project.
When will this study be recruiting?
Now until April 2018;
What will participants be asked to do?
In the first part of this research, you will be asked to fill in a questionnaire about you, or a person with epilepsy, and your dog.
This will usually take about 20-45 minutes, depending on how many dogs you have.
Who can take part?
You can take part if you own a dog and you are::
• Aged 18 or over and have a diagnosis of epilepsy
• You are the parent/legal representative of a child under 18 who has a diagnosis of epilepsy
• You are the legal representative of someone with learning disabilities who has a diagnosis of epilepsy
Who is conducting the research?
This study is being carried out as part of a Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) research project based at the University of Sheffield.
It is being carried out by Stephanie Clegg (DClinPsy Research Student), Dr Fuschia Sirois (Reader in Health Psychology) and Professor Markus Reuber (Professor of Clinical Neurology, Honorary Consultant Neurologist).
Who has reviewed this study?
A research team in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ghent, Belgium with the collaboration of Prof. Hannah Cock (St Georges, University of London), Support Dogs (UK), Medical Detection Dogs (UK), and UNamur (Belgium)
Please go to the Epidogs project website