This project is a collaboration between The University of Strathclyde, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland and Carers Scotland.  The survey forms a national survey designed to improve current understanding of technology use by Carers and is funded by the University of Strathclyde.

Who are we looking for?

This survey is designed for all UK based unpaid caregivers aged 18 years or above at the time of completing the questionnaire.
Carers are people that provide unpaid care by looking after an ill, older or disabled family member, friend or partner. It could be for a few hours a week or round the clock, in your own home or down the motorway.

What is involved in this study?

This survey has been designed to take 10 to 15 minutes to complete and is completely voluntary.  You are free to withdraw from completing the survey at any time without any aspect of your health or social care being affected.  Please answer the questions as honestly as you can, but if you find any of these questions difficult to answer there is no obligation to answer it (for example if you feel uncomfortable).

All information that you give will be kept and used strictly confidentially, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  We do not request any identifiable information from you through the use of this survey and published reports, scientific publications and survey findings will not refer to any participants by name. Should you provide any quotations, these will also not be associated with any identifiable information. Information collected will be stored for a maximum of 5 years, after which point both digital and paper copies will be comprehensively and securely destroyed.

PLEASE DO NOT PUT ANY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION WITH THESE PAGES (e.g. full names and addresses relating to you or the person you care for).

What happens to the data collected?

The information that you provide will help us to look at ways that technology can support carers in the future.  Findings will be shared through reports and publications and we will present findings at relevant conferences and events. Should you wish to receive information on the results of the investigation, please contact Dr Kieren Egan, a co-investigator of this study at the University of Strathclyde, email:

Ethical approval and consent

Ethical approval has been granted by the Departmental Ethics committee within the Department of Computer & Information Sciences (CIS) at the University of Strathclyde, email:

Upon completion of the set questions, the submission of your survey will act as your agreed consent and understanding of the points above.

Further questions?

If you have any further questions on the use of this survey, please contact the project lead for this survey at the University of Strathclyde: Professor Roma Maguire;

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