Initial eligibility screen survey

Information statement

 
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Professor Clare Collins
Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics
NHMRC CDA Research Fellow
Co-Director, Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition
Rm 310, Level 3 ATC Building
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health & Medicine

Information Statement for the Research Project: “Using focus groups to understand young adult male’s motivators and barriers to participating in a Healthy Lifestyle Program”.
Document Version2.0; dated [01/11/13]

You are invited to participate in the research project identified above which is being conducted by Lee Ashton, Professor Clare Collins, Professor Philip Morgan, Dr Megan Rollo and Dr Melinda Hutchesson from the Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition at the University of Newcastle, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health & Medicine.
The research is part of Lee Ashton’s PhD studies at the University of Newcastle, supervised by Prof Clare Collins from the School of Health Sciences, University of Newcastle.
The University of Newcastle
Callaghan NSW 2308
Ph: 02 49215646
Fax: 02 49 217053
Email: clare.collins@newcastle.edu.au
WHY IS THE RESEARCH BEING DONE?
The overall aims of this research are to understand why so few young adult males take part in healthy lifestyle programs. In order to understand this; we plan to find out what you would like included and not included in a healthy lifestyle program, as well as motivators and barriers to undertaking physical activity and healthy eating. The information obtained from this research will help to plan, develop and set the foundations for our intended healthy lifestyle program.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE RESEARCH
We are seeking men aged 18 to 25 years who are able to attend TAFE campus (Newcastle, Hamilton or Glendale) to take part in the study. Australian males aged between 18 and 25 have higher overweight/obesity rates than females of this age group (39% vs 29%). Strategies to get men interested in health are urgently needed, particularly those that start at an early age, especially as young males are underrepresented in weight management research.

WHAT CHOICE DO YOU HAVE?
Participation in this research is entirely your choice. Only those people who give their informed consent will be included in the project. Whether or not you decide to participate, your decision will not disadvantage you or affect your relationship with the University of Newcastle or its staff. If you decide to participate, you may withdraw from the project at any time without giving a reason and have the option of withdrawing any data which identifies you.

WHAT WOULD YOU BE ASKED TO DO?
Once you have read this information statement and providing you agree to participate, you will be immediately directed to the eligibility screening survey. In order to complete and submit the survey you will be required to complete all questions. If you are deemed ineligible during the survey you will be informed and the survey will end.
If eligible you will be contacted by a member of the research team via email and asked to participate in a focus group which will involve a discussion with 5-8 other males with a similar BMI as yourself and you will be asked questions about your thoughts about physical activity, diet and weight. The session will be audio recorded, but all responses will be kept confidential. Please refer to ‘How will your privacy be protected?’ and ‘How will the information collected be used?’ sections (below) to further explain how your data will be kept confidential.

HOW MUCH TIME WILL IT TAKE?
The eligibility screening survey will take approximately 10 minutes
The focus group will take approximately 45-60 minutes to complete.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS AND BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING?
There are no known risks of participating. Some questions may be considered sensitive and confronting but if you ever feel uncomfortable with certain questions you are not obliged to answer. If you feel that the questions are too sensitive and as a result you require professional support, please contact the University counseling service (for staff and students) on 49215801 or contact Lifeline on 131114.
Those who complete the focus group have provided valuable information to inform the design of a program that could benefit and improve the health of many young men in the future. You will be given a $25 gift voucher to cover time and parking and will also be provided with lunch at the end of the focus group.
HOW WILL YOUR PRIVACY BE PROTECTED?
Tape recordings and transcripts from the focus group session will be uploaded and saved onto the student researcher's (Lee Ashton) password protected computer which is located in the student researcher’s office (HA06) at the University of Newcastle. Once these have been uploaded the tape recordings on the Dictaphone/tape recorder will be immediately deleted. Prior to uploading the Dictaphone/tape recorder will be kept in a locked filing cabinet only to be accessed by the researchers of the study except as required by law. The data will be kept for a minimum of 5 years after the study in a password protected location. No-one can be identified during recording as you will be asked to provide a "fake" name during the focus groups. The focus group discussions will be transcribed by an outside transcription service. Other projects at the University of Newcastle have also used this service in the past and have deemed this service as valid and reliable. The transcription service referred will be bound by a confidentiality agreement.

HOW WILL THE INFORMATION COLLECTED BE USED?
The information collected will be used to help develop a healthy lifestyle program in young adult males. The results will be published in a journal article and in the Thesis of Lee Ashton. You will not be identified in any reports arising from the study. By agreeing to participate, you will also receive a summary of the findings via email shortly after completion of the study.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO TO PARTICIPATE?
Please read the above information 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 Lee Ashton (Email: lee.ashton@newcastle.edu.au, Phone: (02) 49218673) or the chief investigator: Professor Clare Collins (email: Clare.collins@newcastle.edu.au, phone: (02) 49215646)

FURTHER INFORMATION
If you would like further information please contact Lee Ashton [Email: lee.ashton@newcastle.edu.au, Phone: (02) 49218673] or the project supervisor: Clare Collins [clare.collins@newcastle.edu.au phone: (02) 49215646)]

Thank you for considering this invitation.
Lee Ashton (Student Researcher)
Professor Clare Collins (Chief Investigator)


Complaints about this research
This project has been approved by the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee, Approval No. H-2013-0344.
Should you have concerns about your rights as a participant in this research, or you have a complaint about the manner in which the research is conducted, it may be given to the researcher, or, if an independent person is preferred, to the Human Research Ethics Officer, Research Office, The Chancellery, The University of Newcastle, University Drive, Callaghan NSW 2308, Australia, telephone (02) 49216333, email Human-Ethics@newcastle.edu.au.
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