To sign up, please read through the Plain Language Information Statement directly below (using the slide adjuster on your right). Once you have read through and you would like to participate, ‘tick’ the ‘I have read the Plain Language Information Statement and I consent to the study conditions as outlined above' statement below the form.
Following this, you will be asked to create an account.
|PROJECT TITLE:||A ‘open study’ evaluation trial of the LIFE FLeX eHealth wellbeing program for anxiety and depression.|
|PRINCIPAL RESEARCHER:||Professor Britt Klein: School of Health Sciences and Psychology, Centre for Biopsychosocial and eHealth Research & Innovation|
|OTHER/STUDENT RESEARCHERS:||Professor Suzanne McLaren: School of Health Sciences and Psychology Sue Lauder: Research Associate School Health Sciences and Psychology Lewis Lakerink: Director Retsim Pty. Ltd. Technical Consultant to project Asher Leslie: Director Retsim Pty. Ltd. Technical Consultant to project Brooke Andrews: School of Health Sciences and Psychology Samantha Sarjeant: School of Health Sciences and Psychology|
Thank-you for your interest in this study. We invite people who are aged 18 years and over, who have access to the internet and who experience anxiety and/or depressive symptoms to participate in this LIFE FLeX eHealth study.
This project seeks to determine the efficacy of the LIFE FLeX eHealth program and the factors that predict people’s use of it. LIFE FLeX eHealth is a seven week self help online program designed to help people decrease their anxiety and depressive symptoms and increase wellness. The results from this project will be used by Federation University researchers in the development of future e-health programs that will be made available to the general public.
The project involves collecting various pieces of information from you and your usage of LIFE FLeX eHealth. Participants will be asked to:
The LIFE FLeX eHealth program will record the how many times you logged in, what modules you accessed and the amount of time spent using the program. This information will not affect your use of the program. You will also be sent automated reminder emails during your 20 weeks while being involved in this study.
Participation in this project is completely voluntary. If you decide you do not want to continue with the project, you can withdraw at any stage, without having to provide any explanation. Your withdrawal will have no impact on current or future relationships with Federation University.
All information will be strictly confidential and stored securely using the Federation eHealth platform and linked survey management tool utilising the platforms 256-bit encryption SSL security certificate and can only be assessed by the investigators. When analysing any data, any identifying information will be completely removed and therefore cannot be linked back to you in any way. Your de-identified data may be used for research projects into the future. The data will be stored securely for five years post any publications. After this time the data will be destroyed safely. Any publications or thesis produced arising from the results from this study will only use aggregate, or group data sets. As the data is analysed without any identifiable information, and as publications will report findings based on group data, individual participants will not be identifiable in any way.
LIFE FLeX eHealth is a user friendly and interactive program that you should find easy to use. This program will provide you with skills and understanding to better manage your anxiety and/or depressive symptoms. Your input will also help us improve the program to help others who experience similar symptoms.
No health risks are expected from participating in this project, although you may feel slightly anxious during the exposure exercises. You may also feel uneasy when answering questions about past experiences and your beliefs and attitudes. If you feel concerned or distressed in any way from completing any of the assessments or using the LIFE FLeX eHealth program, please contact a GP, Life Line (available 24 hours a day: 131 114) or the MindSpot Clinic (available 7 days a week: www.mindspot.org.au). Alternatively, you can contact Prof Britt Klein from Federation University on 03 5327 6717 or by email (email@example.com).
Having read this Plain Language Statement and decided that you would like to participate in this project, please click on the “I have read the Plain Language Information Statement and I agree to the above conditions.” button below on your computer screen. Once you consent, the project will commence as outlined above (study registration account and completion of the pre-monitoring questionnaires).
If you have any questions or would like further information regarding the project titled ‘A ‘open study’ evaluation trial of the LIFE FLeX eHealth wellbeing program for depression and anxiety’, or a summary of the results once the study is completed, please contact the Principal Researcher, Professor Britt Klein of the School of Health
This research study has been approved by the university's Human Research Ethics Committee.
Should you (i.e. the participant) have any concerns about the ethical conduct of this research
project, please contact the Federation University Ethics Officer, Research Services, Federation
University Australia, PO Box 663, Mt Helen VIC 3353. Telephone: (03) 5327 9765, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org