• Price: $50
  • Area: Nationwide
  • Posted: 26 July 13
  • Expire: Recurring
  • Age & Sex: M/F 18+


TITLE OF PROJECT: Society’s View of Illness: Chronic Health Conditions

Please read the following information about the study to be conducted.

I agree to participate voluntarily in a project being conducted by Dr. Sirois and Dr. Mitchell of the Department of Psychology at Bishop’s University, Lennoxville, Quebec and funded by a Bishop’s University start-up grant.


The objective of this project is to examine how society views people with different chronic health conditions.


As a participant in this project, I will be asked to complete an online survey which includes background questions about myself and a series of questions about my opinions regarding how society views people with different chronic health conditions. The survey will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete although individual completion times can vary depending on computer systems. I may complete the survey at a location of my choice. The completed survey will be sent to researchers with the date and time of start and completion as the only identifying information attached to your survey.

After submitting my survey I will also be given the option to enter a draw for one of two $50 gift certificates for an online bookstore. If I choose to enter the draw I will have to send an email to the researchers following the instructions outlined at the end of the survey. My email will not be associated with my survey responses.


I am aware that at all times, I have the right to withdraw from the project without negative consequences. However, because my responses will be anonymous I can only withdraw from this study up to the point that I click the “Submit Survey” button at the end of the survey.


The data collected will only be accessible to Dr. Sirois, Dr. Mitchell, and their research assistants, and will be kept on a password protected computer in Dr. Sirois’ office. All contact information provided for the optional draw will be stored separately from my survey data. In accordance with the guidelines of the American Psychological Association, this electronic data will be deleted after 7 years. All data collected will be confidential and the property of the researcher, and will be used strictly for the above-mentioned project. However, this data may also be used by the researchers for subsequent studies upon receiving further clearance from the Research Ethics Board.

I am aware that academic publications and presentation(s) may result from this project, that my data will be anonymous, and that the data I provided may or may not be published, at the discretion of the researcher


The possible risks in the study are that I may experience mild stress when answering some background questions about my own health and that of those I know.


The potential benefits resulting in my participation are that I may become more aware of how society views people with chronic health conditions. The results from this research may also help inform policy regarding the quality of care that people with chronic health conditions receive should it be found that certain groups of individuals are viewed more negatively than others.


Dr. Sirois can be reached at (819) 822-9600, ext.2790 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Dr. Mitchell can be reached at (819) 822-9600, ext.2436 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The University’s Research Ethics Board approved this project on November14, 2011. If I have any concerns regarding this project, I may contact Dr. Christopher Stonebanks, Chair of the Research Ethics Board of Bishop’s University (819-822-9600, ext. 2203) or Dr. Steve Harvey, Associate Vice-Principal of Research of Bishop’s University (819-822-9600, ext. 2622).

I agree to participate in this project and I have made this decision based on the information I have received about it. I have read and understand the present consent form and I accept its stipulations.

I understand that by completing and submitting this electronic survey that I am giving my consent to participate in this study according to the terms outlined above.

It is recommended that you print out a copy of this letter of information for your records.

Pass it on: Feel free to send the link for this page to other people who you know who might be interested in participating.

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