Participant Information Sheet- V2 (29/10/2020)

Research Project Title
Use of antimicrobials in animal health on the Island of Ireland: knowledge, attitudes, and behaviour.

You are being invited to take part in this research project. Before you decide to do so, it is important that you understand why this research is being conducted and what it will involve. Please take some time to read the following information carefully. Please email me at if you have any questions or if you would like more information. Thank you for your time.

The purpose of this research
This research project aims to investigate farmers understanding of antibiotics. It will also explore perceptions, attitudes and opinions that influence behaviours towards antibiotic usage. The project will build upon other research carried out and has been designed to allow comparisons with previous findings, to better understand the behaviours in relation antibiotic usage on the Island of Ireland.

Why have you been invited to take part?
You have been chosen as you are involved in the production of food. It is important to explore your perception, attitudes, knowledge, and opinions in relation to antibiotics, to obtain a better understanding on what influences your behaviour surrounding antibiotic usage.
Do I have to take part?
It is up to you whether or not you take part. You can change your mind and withdraw at any stage by closing your browser window. Please note that by taking part in this survey after reading the participation information sheet and providing consent you are allowing your data to be included in this research. At the beginning of the study you will be asked to provide your own unique 4-digit ID code.  Your data will only be identified by unique 4-digit code you provide which only the researcher has access to, and the IP address tracking will be turned off. Meaning your information is pseudonymous for the purposes of withdrawal, only the researcher will be able to link you to your data. It is important that you keep/ remember the unique code you provided as if you want to withdraw your response from the database you will have to contact  researcher Dr. Claire McKernan ( and provide your unique code, within 2 weeks from survey completion, as after this date data will be aggregated. You do not need to give a reason for withdrawing and this will have no effect on any future relationships with Queen’s University Belfast. The data you provide will be stored in a password protected file on university premises, all data will be kept for no longer than is necessary and will be destroyed after this time.
What will happen if I take part?
You will be asked to take part in a short online survey consisting of a series of questions lasting approximately 20 minutes.

Who is funding the research?
The project is funded by Safefood Ireland.

What do I have to do?
Please answer all the questions as openly and honestly as possible. Questions are based on attitudes and perceptions, there are no right and wrong answers. At the end of the survey you will be required to provide some general demographic information. If you feel uncomfortable answering these questions you have the option to select ‘prefer not to say’. There are no other commitments associated with participation.

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?
We do not anticipate that you will experience any negative effects from taking part in this survey.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?
Once the survey is completed, on a ‘first come-first serve basis’ participants will be eligible for a £15/€20 ‘one4all’ voucher, as gratitude for your time taken to complete the survey. To obtain this voucher an email address should be provided. Additionally, this work will have a beneficial impact within this field by contributing to findings that may be used to better farming practices.

What if something goes wrong?
If you have any concerns about any aspects of the study, you can contact the Chief Investigator, Professor Moira Dean. Should you remain unhappy and wish to make a formal complaint, you can contact the Research Governance Team at Queen’s University Belfast (Telephone: 028 9097 2529; Email:

Will my information be confidential if I take part in this project?
All the information collected about you during the course of the research will be kept strictly confidential, and your data will only be identified by the unique code that you provide which only the researcher has.  Any data collected about you during the survey will be stored in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679. Data collected may be shared in an anonymous form to allow reuse by the research team and project partner, Teagasc. These anonymised data will not allow any participants to be identified or identifiable.

What will happen to the results of the research project?
Results of the research will be published. You will not be identifiable in any report or publication. 

Contacts for further information
Claire McKernan, School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. Email:

Professor Moira Dean, School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. Email:

The School of Biological Sciences Office, 19 Chlorine Gardens, Belfast, BT9 5DL, Northern Ireland. Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5787, email:

This research will be conducted in compliance with data protection legislation.  For more information about how we look after your information, how to access your rights and who to contact if you have any queries or concerns about data protection please visit the Queen’s University Belfast website -

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