Please review this letter of information and consent and then begin the survey

Principle Investigator:
Dr. Mikelle Bryson-Campbell
mikelle.bryson.campbell@slwdb.org

Co-Investigator:
Lynn Cooper, Pain Educator and Research Advisor, Canadian Injured Workers Alliance (CIWA)
Investigator:
Bill Chedore, National Director CIWA

We would like to invite you to participate in a research study entitled: Exploring the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Canadian Injured Workers

The purpose of this research is to identify the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on injured workers’ work status, chronic pain, pain management, and social engagement to understand what is needed to better support injured workers during this time of great change.

Background and Purpose
As an injured worker in Canada you are being asked to participate in this study. It is believed you can provide insights into how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted injured workers and what gaps you might have experienced. We ask that you read this letter of information and consent and if you agree to participate please click next. By clicking next, it is assumed you are providing your consent to participate.

Study Design and Procedures
Prior to completing the survey please review this Letter of Information and Consent and send any questions to mikelle.bryson.campbell@slwdb.org. You may choose not to answer any of the questions in the survey. Only anonymous data will be summarized and reported and any identifying information will be omitted.

Who can be included in this study?
1) Injured workers in Canada
2) Age 18 and up
3) Participants must be able understand English or French
4) Participants must have access to a computer, cell phone, iPad, or tablet with Internet access to complete the survey

Risks and Benefits
There is a minimal risk related to the time constraint required to participate. The survey is expected to take 15 to 20 minutes to complete. There is a risk that any individual participating in the survey may feel emotional distress when thinking about their experience during the pandemic. Although the nature of the survey questions are minimally invasive as you complete the survey, you are free to not answer any questions that are causing you undue stress or discomfort. If you feel any undue stress or discomfort we also encourage you to explore the online resources and support offered by the Canadian Mental Health Association, https://cmha.ca/document-category/mental-health
There are no direct benefits to the participants. There may be indirect benefits to participants in that they are helping to provide background knowledge to help grow the knowledge base on the impact of the pandemic and identify the barriers to work and, possibly, chronic pain treatment which can be used to support injured workers.

Voluntary Participation and Study Withdrawal
Participation in this study is voluntary. You may refuse to participate or refuse to answer any questions. Due to the nature of the collection of survey responses, once your survey is submitted individual surveys cannot be identified and thus, individual surveys cannot be removed from the study.

Confidentiality and Informed Consent
All information collected by the researcher will remain confidential. As you are receiving this from a secondary source the research team will not have access to any identifying data (i.e. your name, address). Only summary results of the study will be published and released. Any information that discloses your identity within the survey will not be released or published. Only individuals directly involved with this study will have access to the survey data. As Survey Monkey is being used to collect the data it is open to access by American Regulatory bodies.
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