The Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) Patient study wants to know the thoughts of people who have been a patient in Intensive Care Units and their relatives. We are interested in hearing what you think is the best way to ask people in ICU to take part in research studies.

We would like to speak to you on the phone or via videocall about a research project we would like to do in the UK. Patients in the ICU are often unable to give permission (known as consent) to take part in research as they are so unwell. Researchers have to speak to relatives and the Doctors caring for people in ICU to ask if patients can take part in the research. We need to make sure that we are giving relatives the right information to help them make that decision. Your thoughts will help guide how we ask relatives and importantly make sure the researchers understand what is important to people who have been a patient in ICU.

You are under no obligation to take part, but your input will be invaluable in helping deliver safe future trials for patients in the ICU. To compensate you for your time, we would like to offer participants a £20 voucher for taking part in the study.

To register your interest in the study, please contact Dr Zoë Skea on*:

If you have any further questions, please contact the study team on or look at the Participant Information Sheet.

Thank you.

*Your details will be used so we can contact you with further information about the study and held on secure computers in NHS Grampian or the University of Aberdeen. At the end of the study, your details will be deleted. The University of Aberdeen privacy policy is available here.