1. Information statement

---------------------------------------National Survey 2007------------------------------------------------

-----Current dietetic practices in the management of overweight and obesity in Saudi Arabia----

Dear Dietitian:
You are invited to take part in the research project “development of evidence-based practice guidelines for the nutritional management of obesity in Saudi Arabia” which is being conducted by Ali Almajwal as part of his PhD project, under the supervision of A.Professor Peter Williams and Dr. Marijka Batterham from the faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Why is the research being done?
The purpose of the project is to describe the current dietetic practices of dietitians in the management of obesity in Saudi Arabia. The results of this survey are important for the development of evidence-based practice guidelines and the overall process will have an impact on the clinical practice, research and dietetic policy.

Who can participate in the research?
We are seeking all dietitians of Saudi Arabia (Saudi and non-Saudi) who see overweight or obese patients. This will also include dietitians who work in other clinical areas (e.g. renal diseases, liver diseases etc) if they manage the overweight and obesity for their patients. Dietitians who are not involved in the management of obesity are required to participate in this survey. They are required to answer the first 15 questions and the last four questions in the survey.

What choice do you have?
Participation in this research is entirely your choice. Whether or not you decide to participate, your decision will not disadvantage you in any way.

What are the risk and benefits of participating?
There is no known risk and no direct benefit to you during this study. However, your participation in this study will provide us with important information regarding the current dietary management of obese patients by Dietitians in Saudi Arabia today which will assist in improving future practice.
A summary of results for this project will be available to you following project completion.

How will your privacy be protected?
All responses are treated in strict confidence. No individually identifiable data will be analyzed or reported on and all data will be reported as a group. Participants are potentially identifiable if their answer for questions 33 or 35 is "Yes".

What do you need to participate?
Please read this information statement and be sure you understand its contents before you consent to participate. If there is anything you do not understand, or you have questions, please contact Ali Almajwal as detailed below.
If you want to participate, please complete and return the questionnaire either “on line” via the survey’s webpage or by email or mail. This will be taken as your informed consent to participate. The questionnaire will take approximately 15 minutes.

Further information:
Please feel free to contact Ali Almajwal (PhD Candidate, University of Wollongong, Australia) with any queries or concerns via email: amja695@uow.edu.au.

• Ali Almajwal, PhD Candidate from the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia. Email: amja695@uow.edu.au (phone: + 61 4 0000 3293)
• A/Professor Peter Williams from the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia. Email: peterw@uow.edu.au (Phone: +61 2 4221 4085 )
• Dr. Marijka Batterham from the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia. Email: marijka@uow.edu.au (Phone: 61 2 4221 5303)

This Research project has been approved by the University’s Research Ethics Committee. If you have any enquiries regarding the conduct of the research please contact the Secretary of the University of Wollongong Human Research Ethics Committee on +61 2 42214457

.........................Thank you for considering taking part in this study..........................