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Validation of a digital version of the Sydney Swallowing questionnaire


Ethics ref: 19119


You are being invited to take part in an online questionnaire, which aims to assess your swallowing ability. The questionnaire is the Sydney Swallowing Questionnaire (SSQ). The SSQ was initially designed as a paper questionnaire and has been used in healthy participants and participants with swallowing problems. We aim to validate an online version of the SSQ.

  • Who will conduct the research?

The research will be conducted by Dr Ayodele Sasegbon and Professor Shaheen Hamdy of the division of Diabetes Endocrinology and Gastroenterology at the University of Manchester.

  • What is the purpose of the research?

The SSQ was developed in 2000 and is effective at assessing swallowing ability in healthy participants and in participants with swallowing problems. When the SSQ was first designed, it was designed as a 17 question paper based questionnaire. Published studies that have used it to assess swallowing function have continued to use the SSQ as a paper questionnaire.

We have made a digital version of the SSQ and aim to assess how it performs at assessing swallowing ability when used as an online questionnaire. We also would like to assess how easy people find the questionnaire to use.  If the questionnaire proves to be useful and acceptable, it can be used in swallowing studies in the future as a less labour-intensive way of assessing swallowing ability.

You have been given the option of completing the questionnaire because you study or work at the University of Manchester and this research may be of interest to you.

  • Who has reviewed the research project?

The project has been reviewed by The University of Manchester Proportionate Research Ethics Committee.

  • What would I be asked to do if I took part?

You would be asked to complete an anonymous online survey hosted on Qualtrics


The participant information sheet and data protection information for the study can be accessed by clicking the link below:


If you are happy to participate, please click the link below:



Contact details

Dr Ayodele Sasegbon


Telephone number: 01612061447