Perception of visual words in adults with chronic neuropathic pain

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PARTICIPANT INFORMATION FOR QUT RESEARCH PROJECT
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Perception of visual words in adults with chronic neuropathic pain
QUT Ethics Approval Number 1800001005

RESEARCH TEAM

Principal Researcher:Mrs. Julie Vermeir                      PhD Student
Associate Researchers:

Dr. Melanie White                         Principal Supervisor

Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia
 

Professor Daniel Johnson             Associate Supervisor

Science and Engineering Faculty, QUT, Australia

 

Professor Geert Crombez            External Supervisor

Dr. Dimitri Van Ryckeghem          External Supervisor

Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium
DESCRIPTION

This research project is being undertaken as part of a PhD study for Mrs. Julie Vermeir.

The purpose of this research project is to investigate how adults with chronic neuropathic pain perceive different visual words.

You are invited to participate in this research project because you:

  • Are aged 18 years or older; and
  • Are a native English speaker. That is, English is the first language you learned; and
  • Have access to a desktop or laptop computer connected to reliable internet.
  • Experience chronic neuropathic pain. That is, pain lasting longer than 3 months and caused by a lesion or disease of the nervous system (e.g., diabetic neuropathy, chronic nerve pain, cancer-related neuropathic pain, post-herpetic neuralgia caused by shingles).           
PARTICIPATION

Participation will involve:

  1. Completing an online survey (approx. 15 min) at a time and place of your convenience. The survey will include demographic questions as well as questions relating to your general health (e.g.,How is your health in general?”), pain experience (e.g., “About how many days in the last six months have you been kept from your usual activities because of pain?”), everyday thoughts and behaviours (e.g., “I felt fearful”).
  2. Completing an online judgement/speed categorisation task (approx. 15 min) at your place of convenience using your own desktop or laptop computer. In this task, you will be required to judge as fast as possible whether some words are associated to pain while your reaction time is measured. Please note that you will be required to download and install an application called Inquisit. The application is safe and easy to install, and it only takes a few minutes to complete. At the end of the task there will be an option to uninstall the application.
  3. Rating at the end of the task how much a set of words is related to pain (approx. 15 min).

It is anticipated that this study will take approximately 45 minutes of your time.

Your participation in this research project is entirely voluntary. If you agree to participate you do not have to complete any question(s) you are uncomfortable answering. Your decision to participate or not participate will in no way impact upon your current or future relationship with QUT (for example your grades) or associated external organisation. If you do agree to participate you can withdraw from the research project during your participation without comment or penalty. However, your collected data will be de-identified upon completion of the rating task (once all responses are linked), and as such, it will not be possible to withdraw after this time. You will be able to review your responses in the survey before submitting.

EXPECTED BENEFITS

It is expected that this research project will not benefit you directly. However, it is anticipated that this research will benefit future research projects investigating cognitive processes in the context of chronic pain through providing well-validated stimulus material. In turn, this may advance insight into the cognitive processes important for the development and maintenance of chronic pain.

To recognise your contribution should you choose to participate the research team is offering you a $10 WISH e-gift card upon completion (i.e., after completing the online survey, judgement/speed categorisation task and rating task). First year QUT psychology students (PYB100 and PYB102) can choose between receiving 1% course credit or a $10 WISH e-gift card for competing the study. To protect your anonymity associated with your responses, you will be taken to a different portal to enter your email address.

RISKS

There are minimal risks associated with your participation in this research project. These include potential discomfort from answering questions around sensitive topics, for example around your mood. If there are items that you are not comfortable in answering, you have the option to skip them. To ensure that you do not become fatigued during the judgement/speed categorisation task, you will be given opportunity to rest.

QUT provides for limited free psychology, family therapy or counselling services (face-to-face only) for research participants of QUT research projects who may experience discomfort or distress as a result of their participation in the research. Should you wish to access this service please call the Clinic Receptionist on 07 3138 0999 (Monday–Friday only 9am–5pm), QUT Psychology and Counselling Clinic, 44 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove, and indicate that you are a research participant. Alternatively, Lifeline provides access to online, phone or face-to-face support, call 13 11 14 for 24 hour telephone crisis support. For people aged up to 25, you can also call the Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800.

PRIVACY & CONFIDENTIALITY

All comments and responses will be treated confidentially unless required by law, or regulatory or monitoring bodies, such as the ethics committee. The names of individual persons are not required in any of the responses. In matching responses from the survey and the judgement/speed categorisation task, an identifier code (generated by you) will be used. Thus, this coded data may be re-identifiable (by you only).

Should you wish to receive the $10 WISH e-gift-card, you will be required to submit your email address in a separate portal that will open after you have rated the set of words. This email address will be stored separate from your other responses and will be destroyed once the e-gift card has been received.

Any 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.

CONSENT TO PARTICIPATE

If you do wish to participate, you may commence the online survey. 

Prior to completing the online survey, you will be asked to tick a “box” on your computer screen to indicate your consent to participate in the project.

QUESTIONS / FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROJECT

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact one of the researchers listed below.

Mrs. Julie Vermeirjulie.vermeir@hdr.qut.edu.au
Dr. Melanie Whitemelanie.white@qut.edu.au       07 3138 4714
Professor Daniel Johnsondm.johnson@qut.edu.au          07 3138 9263

CONCERNS / COMPLAINTS REGARDING THE CONDUCT OF THE PROJECT

QUT 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 research project you may contact the QUT Research Ethics Advisory Team on +61 7 3138 5123 or email humanethics@qut.edu.au. The QUT Research Ethics Advisory Team is not connected with the research project and can facilitate a resolution to your concern in an impartial manner.

Thank you for helping with this research project. Please keep this sheet for your information.


By ticking the "I agree" box below, you are indicating that you:Have read and understood the information document regarding this research project.Have had any questions answered to your satisfaction.Understand that if you have any additional questions you can contact the research team.Understand that you are free to withdraw without comment or penalty.Understand that if you have concerns about the ethical conduct of the research project you can contact the Research Ethics Advisory Team on 07 3138 5123 or email humanethics@qut.edu.au.Understand that the information you provide will be kept confidential.Understand that non-identifiable data from this project may be used as comparative data in future research projects or stored on an open access database for secondary analysis.Understand that QUT is the "Data" owner, "Licensee"  and "User" of Inquisit Web in the context of this study and is bound by their Terms of Service, and that while we believe it is safe to install Inquisit Web, QUT is not responsible for issues that arise from its installation and use.
By ticking the "I agree" box below, you are indicating that you:
  • Have read and understood the information document regarding this research project.
  • Have had any questions answered to your satisfaction.
  • Understand that if you have any additional questions you can contact the research team.
  • Understand that you are free to withdraw without comment or penalty.
  • Understand that if you have concerns about the ethical conduct of the research project you can contact the Research Ethics Advisory Team on 07 3138 5123 or email humanethics@qut.edu.au.
  • Understand that the information you provide will be kept confidential.
  • Understand that non-identifiable data from this project may be used as comparative data in future research projects or stored on an open access database for secondary analysis.
  • Understand that QUT is the "Data" owner, "Licensee"  and "User" of Inquisit Web in the context of this study and is bound by their Terms of Service, and that while we believe it is safe to install Inquisit Web, QUT is not responsible for issues that arise from its installation and use.