Chronic EGS survey
Together with the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, the Animal Health Trust is conducting a new research study investigating the chronic form of EGS. All owners who have experienced a case of chronic EGS within the past five years are eligible to participate in this questionnaire survey.
Recent data from the EGS surveillance scheme shows that around one-third of animals suffering from EGS develop the chronic form of the disease, of which approximately half may be expected to survive, with the majority of these making a complete recovery. However, there is limited information regarding the duration and extent of recovery, or factors that may affect recovery from chronic EGS. Additionally, there is little published evidence regarding clinical signs which veterinary surgeons and horse owners can use predict the likelihood of survival in affected horses and ponies. This study aims to investigate this further by exploring the management, treatment and outcome of chronic EGS cases.
If sadly you have lost your horse or pony, we understand that answering questions about them may be very difficult for you. However, any information which you feel able to provide will be very useful for our study. The answers you provide about your horse or pony can help make a real difference to the treatment and welfare of horses and ponies affected by chronic EGS.
All responses are completely confidential and will only be used for the purposes of this survey. The information that you provide will be maintained at the Animal Health Trust and analysed by EGS researchers at the Animal Health Trust and University of Edinburgh. If you have any questions or would like any further information about this study, please contact us by email at email@example.com or by telephone on 01638 751000 (Extension 1239).
How to take part in the chronic EGS survey
Please complete the questionnaire ONLY for the horse or pony which you own, or have on loan, that suffered from chronic EGS.
There are three ways in which you can complete the questionnaire to take part in this study:
1) If you would like to receive a postal questionnaire, please contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01638 555399, providing us with your full name and postal address.
2) Download a copy of the questionnaire to print yourself. Please note that the questionnaire has been designed using form recognition software, therefore we would be very grateful if you could print the questionnaire in A4 size with one page per sheet. Once completed, please return your questionnaire by post to the address on the front page of the questionnaire.
3) To complete the questionnaire electronically, please download a copy of the questionnaire and follow the instructions below.
How to complete the questionnaire electronically
1) Download the questionnaire and save it in a convenient location on your computer
2) Open the free online pdf editor by following the link: https://www.pdfescape.com/
3) On the website home page, click on “Edit your pdf now”
4) Use the menu on the left hand side for the Online PDF editor option and click on “Continue to PDFescape”
5) Click on “Upload PDF to PDFescape” (second option in the menu) and browse your files to select the downloaded copy of the questionnaire that you have saved, then click “upload”
6) The questionnaire should upload and open within the PDFescape window
7) From the options at the top left of the page, ensure the “Insert” option in the editor menu is selected, then click on “text” in the top left corner
8) Move the cursor to the contact details fields of the questionnaire and type in your details. You may find that not all of the boxes align perfectly, but this is not a problem
9) Continue to complete the questionnaire by moving the cursor to the text boxes or appreciate answer, then typing in your text
10) For all the tick box options, please type a capital X in the appropriate box(es)
11) Once you have completed the questionnaire, please save your responses by clicking the “save and download pdf” button on the left side (green icon with 2 downward white arrows)
12) When prompted, click the link to begin download. When asked if you want to open or save pdf from www.pdfescape.com, selected “save as” to save your completed questionnaire. You can then return your completed questionnaire by email to: email@example.com.
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