Ida Institute Announces 2018 Research Grant Recipients

June 12, 2018

NAERUM, DENMARK — In January, the Ida Institute Research Committee announced that they were accepting proposals for research projects investigating outcomes of the use of Ida tools. Research grants were to be awarded to projects that “develop evidence related to Ida Institute methods and tools and aim to demonstrate the effect of person-centered care in hearing rehabilitation.” 

On June 8, 2018, the organization announced it was awarding the following projects funds to further research regarding Ida tools and person-centered care:

  • Learning to “Walk the Walk” with “Time and Talk”: Evaluation of Changes in Person-Centered Communication Skills of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Students
    This project will look at the effectiveness of the Ida Institute’s Time and Talk tool in changing the communication styles of audiology and speech-pathology students in an effort to make them more person-centered. Findings will inform a larger study on person-centered communication education.
    Principal researcher: Dr. Caitlin Barr
    Co-investigators: Dr. Nerina Scarinci, Dr. Monique Waite, Dr. Jessica Vitkovic, and Samantha Tai
  • Adaptation and Assessment of the Online Course “Client Engagement and Ida Motivation Tools” for Brazilian Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Undergraduate Students
    This project will translate the Ida Learning Hall course, “Client Engagement and Ida Motivation Tools,” into Portuguese in order to train students enrolled in the Brazilian university system. The project will also assess the efficacy of the course as a way of teaching students about motivational interviewing.
    Principal researcher: Deborah Viviane Ferrari
    Co-investigator: Rodolpho Camargo
  • Decision-Support and Help-Seeking on a Smartphone Screening App
    This project will use the hearing test app, hearZA, and the Ida Institute’s Why Improve My Hearing tool to detect hearing loss in individuals in South Africa. Individuals who fail the hearing test will be linked to their nearest hearing care professional; the project will look at uptake of the recommendation.
    Principal researcher: Karina Swanepoel
    Co-investigator: De Wet Swanepoel, Ph.D., David Moore, Ph.D.


According to the organization, the purpose of the Ida Research Grant is to “further research and build evidence for person-centered care”.

Every year, up to $10,000 USD is awarded in funding to three projects that aim to develop evidence related to Ida Institute methods and tools. Projects often use Ida tools to continue to build the evidence base for integrating person-centered care into hearing healthcare.

The projects selected for funding this year are said to be completed by September 2019.


Source: Ida Institute

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