Thesis Volunteers Wanted

I am working on completing my thesis to become an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner. After much time, coffee, and planning, I am finally able to begin the actual experiment!

Research requires the willingness of people willing to volunteer their time. Without volunteers, research could never be done. To get the numbers I so desperately need, I am providing some incentive as encouragement. Participants will receive:
A $20 coffee card from Bridgehead coffee
A chance to win 1 of 2 iPad Minis!

The thesis title is: The role of feedback training on the intra-rater reliability of external palpation of the uterus.

In layman’s terms: An attempt is being made to see if a uterus can be detected via palpation of the low abdomen, and improved upon after a brief learning period.

The only place I will be contacting is the lower abdominal area.  Participants will be covered by a sheet, and contact will be above the sheet.

The experiment requires a minimum of 43 participants with the following criteria:

Qualifications
Female between the ages of 35 and 55 at the time of the first session
Available to be evaluated three times over the period of the study
Expected to be from January 2018-March 2018
Cannot object to being measured for height and weight
Needs to be able to lie on their back on a treatment table for at least 15 minutes

Disqualifications
Cannot be an existing patient of the researcher before or during the experiment
Cannot have a scheduled hysterectomy between the three visits
Cannot have an intrauterine device (IUD)
Cannot be pregnant
Cannot have any medical condition that palpation in this region will pose a health risk, such as:
Thrombus detachment
Recent surgery
Current infection
Abdominal cancer

Participants will need to come to the clinic three times for no more than 30 minutes each time (it will probably be less time) on weekends sometime between January and March. So, if you are sticking around in the best months Ottawa has to offer, I hope you can fit this study into your busy schedule.

Some of you may not personally qualify to become a participant, but please pass this along to co-workers, friends, or family who may qualify.

While the clinic is the location of the experiment, the staff at Life Therapies (1276 Wellington Street West) have nothing to do with it – they are too busy making sure the clinic runs. If you want to be a part of this study, or have questions before becoming a part of this study, please contact the Research Assistants (Kathleen or Lisa) in the following manner:

Phone (voice/text): 613-868-6650
Email: uterusstudy@gmail.com

It should be noted that mass communication will be handled via email, as this is the easiest manner to reach everyone. So please provide an email address that you periodically view.

Thank you for your time, and I hope some of you will be able to help!

Sincerely,
Trevor Nootenboom, RMT, Canadian College of Osteopathy Thesis Writer