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The University of Reading School of Psychology
Harry Pitt Building Whiteknights University of Reading
Reading
RG6 6AH


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Does hydration have effects on competence in doctors?

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Age: Adult

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Measures of competence, hydration and psychophysiological status in doctors in the United Kingdom


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Background and study aims
Research has found that doctors in the United Kingdom were clinically dehydrated at the start (36%) and end (45%) of shifts. As little as 2% dehydration as a percentage of total body weight can cause impaired physical, psychomotor, cognitive, psychiatric and visuomotor performance, in addition to greater fatigue, and reduced alertness. The addition of PPE as standard workplace practice (beyond what was previously expected) is likely to have magnified the speed at which doctors dehydrate (due to elevated temperature), and due to the functional infection-control barriers of fluid intake. Given the fundamental importance of hydration for psychophysiological functioning, exploring doctor’s hydration levels and impact on measures of competence is a valuable area of research. Therefore, the aim of this research is to explore the association between hydration and competence in doctors.

Who can participate?
This study invites adults currently in employment as a doctor by the National Health Service in the United Kingdom. Due to their specific health needs, we can’t include people who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Nor can we include doctors with current renal, cardiac, pulmonary, hepatic, digestive, thyroid, neurological or haematological disease, in addition to anyone taking medications (either prescribed or over-the-counter) that influence weight, fluid, or electrolyte balance.

What does the study involve?
Those who are eligible and decide to participate will be emailed a participant ID code, and a link to an online survey platform including the consent form. Participants will receive a testing pack in the post including sample pots, urinalysis reagent strips and comprehensive self-testing and online reporting instructions. They will be asked to complete online surveys on three occasions that they may access in private via a home laptop or PC. The first can be completed at any time convenient for the participant, the second and third must be completed when they return home following a working shift. In addition to the surveys, participants will be asked to undertake self-assessed urinalysis using reagent Labstick’s. The self-administered urinalysis method is quick, non-invasive and participants will be able to dispose of the sample immediately following input of their results. They will be required to provide a fluid record based over the duration of their working shift. On completion of the study you they will be provided with a written debriefing and offered a telephone debriefing (on request).

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
The aim of this study is to capture professional experiences. Results from this study may be published to inform future research and support professional and public awareness of any identified needs. Publication of the results from this study may allow dissemination of valuable information that may prompt support and understanding for the needs of medical staff. This study invites participants to think reflectively about their personal and professional experiences, this may have positive and negative emotional responses. Participants urinalysis results are non-diagnostic but may indicate health needs (e.g. dehydration), they will be given details of the healthy-range scores and advised to seek medical guidance if they need further support to meet their health needs.

Where is the study run from?
University of Reading (UK)

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
November 2020 to January 2022

Who is funding the study?
Investigator initiated and funded

Through psychophysiological effects, this research hypothesises that there will be a positive association between hydration status and competency.


Observational cohort study

Start dates may differ between countries and research sites. The research team are responsible for keeping the information up-to-date.  

The recruitment start and end dates are as follows:

15 Feb 2021

01 Nov 2021

Observational

Intervention Type : Other
Intervention Description : Those who are eligible and decide to participate will be emailed a participant ID code, and a link to an online survey platform including the consent form. Participants will receive a testing pack in the post including sample pots, urinalysis reagent strips and comprehensive self-testing and online reporting instructions. They will be asked to complete online surveys on three occasions that they may access in private via a home laptop or PC. The first can be completed at any time convenient for the participant, the second and third must be completed when they return home following a working shift. In addition to the surveys, participants will be asked to undertake self-assessed urinalysis using reagent Labstick’s. The self-administered urinalysis method is quick, non-invasive and participants will be able to dispose of the sample immediately following input of their results. They will be required to provide a fluid record based over the duration of their working shift. On completion of the study they will be provided with a written debriefing and offered a telephone debriefing (on request).

Within 3-days following the baseline testing session, participants will also be asked to complete Day 1 of the working day assessment. B0 - T2 is designed to be completed within a 7-day period according to each doctor’s shift pattern.


You can take part if:


Healthy adult volunteers currently in employment as a doctor by the National Health Service in the United Kingdom, and have access to a private home laptop or PC to complete the online testing.




You may not be able to take part if:

1. Pregnant, or breastfeeding2. Current renal, cardiac, pulmonary, hepatic, digestive, thyroid, neurological or haematological disease, in addition to anyone taking medications (either prescribed or over-the-counter) that influence weight, fluid, or electrolyte balance


Below are the locations for where you can take part in the trial. Please note that not all sites may be open.

  • The University of Reading School of Psychology
    Harry Pitt Building Whiteknights University of Reading
    Reading
    RG6 6AH


The study is sponsored by University of Reading and funded by Investigator initiated and funded .



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