Opinions of people with chronic pain
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Opinions of people with chronic pain

QUT Ethics Approval Number: 1500001119


Principal Researcher:Ms Madeleine Washbourne, Pharmacy honours student, QUT1
Associate Researcher: Dr Yasmin Antwertinger - Lecturer, QUT1  
Dr Esther Lau - Pharmacy Course Coordinator, QUT1
 Mr Tony Hall - Senior Lecturer, QUT1 
1 - School of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)


This project is being undertaken as part of an immersive research experience for a pharmacy honours student Madeleine Washbourne.

The purpose of this project is to investigate the general public’s pain experience, specifically how you communicate about pain with your doctor, how your pain is managed and your pain medicines generally.

The research team requests your assistance because as a member of the general public who has a persistent pain experience, your opinions on pain communication and pain medication will help us design education resources that can be made available to the public..


Participation will involve completing an anonymous survey which will take 15 minutes of your time. Questions may include:

a) How long have you been experiencing pain for? and b) What do you find is the most effective treatment?

Your participation in this project is entirely voluntary. You may take as much time as you need to read this participant information sheet and to decide if you would like to participate in this survey at the current location and time, or you may decide to complete the online survey at a later time. If you agree to participate you do not have to complete any question(s) you are uncomfortable answering. If you do agree to participate you can withdraw at any time, however as the submission is anonymous, once you have submitted your survey it will not be possible to withdraw. Your decision to participate or not participate will in no way impact upon your current or future relationship with QUT or the research team.


It is expected that this project will not directly benefit you. This research aims to investigate the general public’s understanding and knowledge of pain, how pain is managed and pain medicines. Data collected from the research will help to design education resources on pain that can be made available to the public.  

If you decide to participate in the survey, you will be eligible to go into the draw to win a $50 Coles Myer gift card, that will be drawn randomly upon completion of the study’s data collection phase. Please note that you must complete the survey to be entered into this draw. Should you wish to enter into the prize draw, you will be required to submit your email address in a separate survey portal that will open after you have completed the survey. Upon completion of the study’s data collection phase, the research team will draw the prize and contact the winning participants.

Please note the opening date for entries is 01 March 2018, the closing date for entries is 30 November 2018.


There are no risks beyond normal day-to-day living associated with your participation in this project.


All comments and responses are anonymous and will be treated confidentially unless required by law. The names of individual persons are not required in any of the responses.

Data collected as part of this project will be stored securely as per QUT’s Management of research data policy. Please note that non-identifiable data collected in this project may be used as comparative data in future projects or stored on an open access database for secondary analysis.


If you have any questions or require further information please contact one of the research team members below.

Dr Esther LauDr Yasmin AntwertingerMr Tony Hall
07 3138 149007 3138 482407 3138 2741


TQUT is committed to research integrity and the ethical conduct of research projects.  However, if you do have any concerns or complaints about the ethical conduct of the project you may contact the QUT Research Ethics Unit on 07 3138 5123 or email ethicscontact@qut.edu.au. The QUT Research Ethics Unit is not connected with the research project and can facilitate a resolution to your concern in an impartial manner

1. Do you consent to participate?# Please note that you can still end the survey at any time.Prize draw information can be found below:
1. Do you consent to participate?

# Please note that you can still end the survey at any time.

Prize draw information can be found below: