You are invited to take part in a research study about the relationship between pet ownership and quality of life for women with Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS). My study is for women who are at least 18 years old, can read in English, and have been diagnosed with FMS for at least two years.
If you own one or several cats, dogs, or both, and you have owned at least one pet for at least one year, you would be a "pet owner" in my study. It is okay if you also own other pets. If you do not own a cat or dog, then you would be a "non-pet owner" in my study as long as you own no animal companions except for fish.
This form is part of a process called “informed consent” that allows you to understand this study before deciding whether or not you wish to take part in it.
This study is being conducted by a researcher named Karen Fekete. I am a doctoral student at Walden University, and I hope to better understand the roles of pets in well-being among women with FMS through this study.
If you agree to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete and submit a questionnaire that includes demographic information, information about your pet ownership status, and questions assessing your quality of life, your attitudes towards pet ownership, and your relationship with your pet(s), if applicable, on SurveyMonkey.com.
Here are some sample questions:
· Please rate your level of stiffness
o No Stiffness ………Severe Stiffness
· My pet and I have a very close relationship
o Strongly Agree, Agree Somewhat, Disagree Somewhat, Disagree Strongly, Don’t Know or Refuse
· Please rate your overall quality of life
o Poor, Below Average, Average, Above Average, Excellent
The entire survey should take no more than 30 minutes to complete.
This study is completely voluntary and you are free to accept or turn down the invitation to participate. No one will treat you any differently if you decide not to be in this study. If you decide to be in the study now, you can still change your mind later. You do not need to answer any questions that make you uncomfortable and you may exit the survey at any time.