Ida Institute 2018 research grants announced


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The Ida Institute has announced the projects that have been awarded grants through the Ida Institute Research Committee.

The following three projects headed by Caitlin Barr, Deborah Viviane Ferrari, and Karina Swanepoel have each been awarded funds to further research regarding Ida tools and person-centered care.

Learning to “Walk the Walk” with “Time and Talk”: Evaluation of Changes in Person-Centered Communication Skills of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Students.

This project will look at the effectiveness of the Ida Institute’s Time and Talk tool in changing the communication styles of audiology and speech-pathology students in an effort to make them more person-centered. Findings will inform a larger study on person-centered communication education. Principal researcher: Dr. Caitlin Barr - Co-investigators: Dr. Nerina Scarinci, Dr. Monique Waite, Dr. Jessica Vitkovic, and Samantha Tai

Adaptation and Assessment of the Online Course “Client Engagement and Ida Motivation Tools” for Brazilian Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Undergraduate Students.

This project will translate the Ida Learning Hall course, “Client Engagement and Ida Motivation Tools,” into Portuguese to train students enrolled in the Brazilian university system. The project will also assess the efficacy of the course as a way of teaching students about motivational interviewing. Principal researcher: Deborah Viviane Ferrari - Co-investigator: Rodolpho Camargo.

Decision-Support and Help-Seeking on a Smartphone Screening App.

This project will use the hearing test app, hearZA, and the Ida Institute’s Why Improve My Hearing tool to detect hearing loss in individuals in South Africa. Individuals who fail the hearing test will be linked to their nearest hearing care professional; the project will look at uptake of the recommendation. Principal researcher: Karina Swanepoel - Co-investigator: De Wet Swanepoel, Ph.D., David Moore, Ph.D.

The purpose of the Ida Research Grant is to further research and build evidence for person-centered care. Each year, up to 10,000 USD is awarded in funding to three projects that develop evidence related to Ida Institute methods and tools and aim to demonstrate the effectiveness of person-centered care in hearing rehabilitation.

This year’s winner projects will be completed by September 2019.

Source: The Ida Institute