Page 1: Information and Consent Page for an Online Survey/Questionnaire

Information and Consent page for an Online Survey/Questionnaire

Final version 1.2: 04.07.2022

Study Title: Experiences and opinions of healthcare professionals about the audio-vestibular findings of individuals with traumatic brain injury

Research Team:

Name of supervisors:

Kathryn Fackrell, Senior Research Fellow

Laura Edwards, Clinical Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences 

Co-investigator:

Kubra Bolukbas, PhD in Hearing Sciences

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Research Ethics Ref: FMHS 462-0222

This study investigates the opinions, experiences and approaches of healthcare professionals (excluding ENT/audiology specialists) who deal with adults with traumatic brain injury, with a focus on the auditory and balance states of these patients.

Thank you for your interest. You are invited to take part because you are a healthcare professional (excluding ENT/audiology specialists) who works with adult traumatic brain injury patients. Please read through the following information before agreeing to participate. You can ask any questions before deciding by contacting the researchers (details below).  Taking part is entirely voluntary.

What will I be asked to do?

After clicking the ‘next’ button at the end of this information page you will be asked to provide informed consent to participate in this study. You will then be asked to provide some basic demographic information related to your profession (i.e. profession, years of occupation, type of institution) and will also answer some questions about your experiences, opinions, and approaches in relation to audio-vestibular findings of traumatic brain injury patients. It should take you a maximum of 20 minutes to complete.  We would like you to answer all questions as honestly and completely as possible. You can withdraw at any point during the questionnaire for any reason, before submitting your answers by clicking the Exit button/closing the browser. The data will only be uploaded on completion of the questionnaire by clicking the FINISH button on the final page.  At this point, it will not be possible to withdraw your answers. 

What are the disadvantages of taking part?

We are asking you to give up your valuable time to take part and this is appreciated.

What are the advantages of taking part?

Your contribution, along with others, will contribute to researchers’ understanding of the awareness of healthcare professionals about the auditory and balance status of patients with traumatic brain injury. It will also contribute to the understanding of the international determination of the approaches to audio-vestibular problems in these patients. Future research may also be conducted based on the results of this study.

Who will know I have taken part in the study?

No one will know you have taken part in this study because we will not ask for your name or any other personal identification details (ID) during this survey.  Your IP address will not be visible to or stored by the research team because an online survey platform is being used which receives and stores an IP address but enables this detail to be filtered out before it is transferred to the research team.  As with any online related activity, the risk of breach is possible but this risk is being minimised by using a platform on an encrypted webpage.

What will happen to your data?

When you have clicked the submit button at the end of the questionnaire, it will be uploaded into a password-protected database with a code number.  The research team will not be able to see who it is from and for this reason, it will not be possible to withdraw the data at this point.  Your data (research data) will be stored in a password-protected folder on a restricted-access server at the university under the terms of its data protection policy. Data is kept for a minimum of 7 years and then destroyed.

This survey is for a PhD project and the answers received from all participants will be combined in a password-protected database ready for analysis.  The results will be written up as a dissertation and may be used in academic publications and presentations. The overall anonymised data from this study may be shared for use in future research and teaching (with research ethics approval). 

The only personal data we will receive is your e-mail if you contact us to ask further questions or need support. This will be received and handled separately from your completed questionnaire and it will not be possible to link the sets of data.  Your e-mail address will only be kept as long as needed to resolve your problem.  It will then be destroyed.  For further information about how the university processes personal data please see:  https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/utilities/privacy.aspx/

Who will have access to your data?

The University of Nottingham is the data controller (legally responsible for data security) and the Supervisor of this study (named above) is the data custodian (manages access to the data) and as such will determine how your data is used in the study. Your research and personal data will be used for the purposes of the research only.  Research is a task that we perform in the public interest. 

Responsible members of the University of Nottingham may be given access to data for monitoring and/or audit of the study to ensure it is being carried out correctly.

If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please contact:

Kubra Bolukbas, E-mail: kubra.bolukbas@nottingham.ac.uk or

if you have any concerns about any aspect of this study please contact the Research Supervisor:

Kathryn Fackrell, Email: kathryn.fackrell@nottingham.ac.uk;

Laura Edwards, Email: laura.edwards@nottingham.ac.uk

If you remain unhappy and wish to complain formally, you should then contact the FMHS Research Ethics Committee Administrator E-mail:

FMHS-ResearchEthics@nottingham.ac.uk