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Canadian OT Survey on Military Health

Informed Consent and Study Information

Principal Investigator:          Heidi Cramm PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.)
                                                Assistant Professor
                                                School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University
                                                Phone: 613-533-6094
                                                Email: Heidi.Cramm@queensu.ca
Co-Investigators:                  Megan Edgelow, OT Reg. (Ont.), Queen’s University
                                                Linna Tam-Seto, PhD (Candidate), Queen’s University
                                                Alyson Mahar, PhD (Candidate), Queen’s University
                                                Julie Lapointe, OT Reg. (Ont.), Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)                        
Sponsor:                                No sponsor
You are invited to participate in this research study, “Survey of Canadian Occupational Therapists Regarding Military, Veteran and Family Health.” Please read this Information Sheet and Consent Form carefully and ask as many questions as you like before deciding whether to participate in this research study.

Background Information
In Canada, there are currently over 68,000 serving members in the Canadian Armed Forces, 27,000 Reserve Forces members, over 600,000 ex-service members (Veterans), and almost 55,000 military families. These populations have unique health risks, exposures, and experiences. The purpose of this survey is to explore how occupational therapists in Canada understand and prepare to address these unique health issues.
Description of Procedures
As a participant in this research study, you will be asked to complete an online survey. The survey is structured to gain information about occupational therapists’ general knowledge of Canadian Forces members, Veterans and their families as well as the presence of and nature of occupational therapy services with this population. You will be asked some demographic questions about yourself and your practice as an occupational therapist as well as questions about military members, Veterans and their families to gauge your general knowledge of this population. In addition you will be asked questions about whether you provide services to this population and, if yes, what the nature of those services are. Finally, you will be asked about opportunities and barriers for military members, Veterans, and their families in accessing occupational therapy services.  We expect that your participation in the survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes.
Possible Side Effects and/or Risks
There are no expected side effects or risks from your participation in this research study.

Benefits of the Study
If you agree to participate in this research study, you may benefit from any insights you gain into your own knowledge of occupational therapy practice with military members, Veterans and/or their families, but it is not expected that the research will benefit you directly. The information gathered from this study may provide occupational therapists a better understanding about the landscape of practice with military member, Veterans and their families in Canada.   
Withdrawal from the Study
You have the right to decline or withdraw from the study at any time without any impact.  You may cancel consent at any time by choosing not to complete the survey or exiting the survey after you have begun.    
There is no financial compensation for your participation in this research study, nor are there any costs to you. 

You will not be asked to provide any identifying information (e.g.: name, address, phone number, employer, etc.) as part of this study and therefore survey data will be kept in non-identifiable form. This means that your data will not be linked to you in any way since we will not require you to provide any identifying information.
Survey data will be kept for 7 years after the study has been completed. Any paper records will be stored in a locked file and/or office.  All electronic records will be stored on a university server and protected by a user password only accessible by Dr. Cramm and/or her team. At the end of the retention period, all paper records will be disposed of in confidential waste or shredded, and all electronic records will be deleted.
Voluntary Participation
Your participation in this study is voluntary. You may choose to decline or withdraw consent at any time, for any reason, without consequence. You can choose not to participate in this study by choosing not to follow the web-link and disregarding this email.
Questions about the Study
If you have any questions about this study, please contact the principal investigator, Dr. Heidi Cramm, via telephone at 613-533-6094 or via email at Heidi.Cramm@queensu.ca.
This study has been reviewed for ethical compliance by the Queen's University Health Sciences and Affiliated Teaching Hospitals Research Ethics Board. The Queen’s University Health Sciences and Affiliated Teaching Hospitals Research Ethics Board considers the ethical aspects of all research studies involving human research participants at Queen’s University.  If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, you may contact Dr. Albert Clark, Chair, Queen's University Health Sciences and Affiliated Teaching Hospitals Research Ethics Board toll-free at 1-844-535-2988.
Consent to Participate in Research
I understand that I am being asked to participate in a research study about health and occupational therapy services with Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, and their families. I have reviewed the information sheet and understand that, by clicking on the link below and completing the survey I am consenting to participate in the study. I understand that my participation is voluntary and I may stop participation at any time. 
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