Volunteers Needed for an Online Research Study by the Zest Research Study Team

Posted by Reeve Staff in Life After Paralysis on May 02, 2020 # Research

If you are a woman with a spinal cord injury… consider participating in an online research study. From now until August 2020, researchers at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas will be recruiting women with SCI to participate in an online research study.

Zest Online Research Study

The study tests an innovative psychological health promotion program for women with SCI. The program, called Zest, consists of 10 weekly group sessions that take place on a private and secure island in the free, online, virtual world of Second Life. The Zest program incorporates information about psychological health, skill development, relaxation practice, goal setting, and opportunities for women with SCI to connect with one another. Group members appreciate the rich group discussions with other women with similar life experience. One past participant commented, “I loved being able to connect from the comfort and convenience of my own home. The fact that we were able to choose an avatar and go to Second Life was a fun bonus!”Zest

Since this is a research study, only some participants will receive the group intervention. Participants will be randomized (like flipping a coin) to either the Zest intervention group or a control group that receives the Zest materials at the end of the study. All participants (in both groups) are asked to complete an online survey before the intervention, after the intervention, and again approximately three months later. There is a small payment for completing each of the three surveys. Both groups play an important role in the study.

ZestIf you are a woman over 18 years of age, have had a traumatic SCI and are at least one year post-injury, and have access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection, you may be eligible to participate. If interested in learning more about the study, contact us TODAY by email at [email protected] or by phone at 713-797-7572 and ask about participating in the ZEST study. The study is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

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