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Study Title:Serious Games for Health-Anonymous Online Survey
Researcher: Najmeh Khalili-Mahani
Contact Information: Najmeh.khalili-mahani@concordia.ca
Source of funding for the study: PERFORM Centre, TAG Centre, Concordia University
You are invited to participate in the research study mentioned above. This form provides information about what participating would mean. Please read it carefully before deciding if you want to participate or not. If there is anything you do not understand, or if you want more information, please ask the researcher.
The purpose of the research is to create an intergenerational framework for designing beneficial digital games (known as ‘serious games’) for older adults. The intergenerational differences and similarities in the patterns of game evaluations are important because the game market share dedicated to younger players is significantly larger than the one for older adults. Thus, to be pragmatic, it is important to compare and contrast how individuals in different demographic segments overlap in their evaluation of serious games. In this way, we may arrive at more generalizable and less ‘age stereotyping’ solutions both in terms of design, and in terms of adoption of existing games towards healthcare.
We are interested in conducting a general age-unrestricted survey to understand age related differences in states of emotional and physical wellness that would determine differences in motivation to use games for different health-related interventions.
If you participate, you will be asked to complete an anonymous, multifactorial survey. The survey assesses general and physical self-efficacy and sources of stress, and it will also include questions about general habits towards digital games.
In total, it takes between 10-30 minutes to complete this survey.
As a research participant, your responsibilities would be to provide accurate answers, if you choose to complete the survey. Your participation is fully anonymous, and you have the option of stopping the survey at any time.
Individuals who are older than 60 years of age may volunteer to participate in a follow-up focus-group study to work with Game Design and Engineering students on designing games. Should they be eligible and interested, they will be provided a separate consent form, accessible in paper form, or at the end of an online survey, where they can provide contact details to participate in a follow-up focus-group study.

You might face certain risks by participating in this research. These risks include:
C.1 Risk of Fatigue
Because this is an anonymous survey, you must complete the survey within maximum one hour. If you are not used to working on computers, this may cause fatigue in the eye, shoulder or back. If you feel tired, you may stop and take a break. Just make sure that you remain connected to the internet and on the same survey page. The survey page may expire if you wait longer than one hour.

C.2 Risk of psychological discomfort
Some of the questions in this survey may make you self-reflexive and introspective. For example, we might ask you to assess your social habits, level of life satisfaction, relationships or personality traits. Please keep in mind that none of these questions are intended to be diagnostic. The sole scientific purpose of the survey is to gain a perspective into how to design better health games to fit physical and behavioral needs of different populations.

C.3 Benefits

This research is not intended to benefit you personally. However, the knowledge we gain from your answers will help us design more precise interventions to assist with healthy aging or mental healthcare using digital health interventions in different populations.
We will gather the following information as part of this research:
Your age, gender, living status, years of school, level of proficiency with computers, game habits, game interests, attitude towards digital games. We will also collect explanatory personality data including levels of stress and vitality and physical and psychological self-efficacy; and general health data including sleep patterns, history of chronic illness.
We will not ask for your name or identifying information. Should you wish to participate in the follow-up focus group study, you my either contact us and provide us the code that is uniquely and automatically generated by the Survey software for you.
If you are doing this survey online, please note that we will use a private version of the Survey Monkey, to collect the survey data, thus the information will be stored on the cloud storage of the Survey Monkey, and as such, the confidentiality can only be assured up to the point where information is accessed/ requested by authorities as per local law (ex. U.S. Patriot Act)​. 
You have the alternative option to do the survey on paper forms. In this case, the data will be directly entered into our secure database, hosted on Concordia’s local networks, and governed by privacy and confidentiality laws of Canada.
Please note that the information gathered from the survey will be anonymous and coded. That means that it will not be possible for anyone but the researcher, to make a link between you, your contact information, and the data you provide in the survey.
We intend to publish the results of the research. However, it will not be possible to identify you in the published results. 
You do not have to participate in this research. It is purely your decision. If you do participate, you can stop at any time.
There will be no financial or other compensation
There are no negative consequences for not participating, stopping in the middle, or asking us not to use your information.
If you have read and understood this form, please continue to fill the survey.
If you are doing this survey electronically, please agree to “I consent to participate” to begin the survey; and press “submit” at the end.
If you have questions about the scientific or scholarly aspects of this research, please contact the researcher. Their contact information is on page 1.
If you have concerns about ethical issues in this research, please contact the Manager, Research Ethics, Concordia University, 514.848.2424 ex. 7481 or oor.ethics@concordia.ca.

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* 1. I consent to participate in this survey study