What is the AFRI-c study? A research study happening in 74 care homes looking into whether using air filters prevents the spread of infections in care homes. An air filter looks like a dehumidifier but it cleans the air.
What will happen if my care home agrees to take part? Your care home will be placed into one of two groups – usual care or usual care plus air filters (in communal areas and some residents’ rooms).
How will I be involved? A trained member of staff will collect information about your health and any infection symptoms you have over one winter, e.g. a runny nose or a cough, and whether you have any falls, and whether you are taking antibiotics.
The information they collect will be anonymised – this means only the staff at the care home will be able to identify you. You can opt out of this at any time.
If your care home is in the AIR FILTER group, up to 5 air filters will be put in communal areas like dining and sitting rooms.
Can I be more involved in the study?
We will invite 10 residents per care home to be more involved in the study. For example, receiving an air filter, completing a questionnaire, or taking part in an interview.
Am I suitable to take part?
We are looking for residents who:
- Are living in a single-occupancy bedroom.
- Are expected to be living in the same care home for at least 2 months of the data collection period (September to April).
Do I have to take part? Taking part in research is voluntary. It is up to you to decide whether or not you would like to join the study. If you decide not to take part, your care will not be affected in any way.
What will happen if I agree to take part? A trained member of staff at the care home or a member of the research team will ask you to complete a consent form confirming your understanding of the study and agreement to take part.
If you agree to take part you will be enrolled in the study. One of the care home staff will collect some information about you and your general health.
One of the care home staff or a member of the research team will ask you to complete a questionnaire when you join the study, and then again at the end of March so we can understand your ideas about how infections are spread, your care home environment, and your experience of living with the air filter in your room. This will only take a few minutes to complete.
With your permission, we will use information from your medical and UK Health Security Agency records (formerly Public Health England) to find out about any infection test results and care you received from your GP, and any visits to the hospital because of an infection.
If your care home is in the air filter group:
- An air filter will be installed in your room for the winter period and turned on from 1st September to 30th April.
- You may also be asked to talk to a researcher about what you think about having the air filters in your room. This element of the study is optional.
For more information please visit our FAQ page, here.
For details on how we will use your information (if you take part) visit our webpage here.