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Research information sheet is also known as participant information sheet. This sheet and consent forms are both important aspects of conducting a study and organizing it. The sheet provides prospective respondents with the required information for the study’s purpose and methods and information sources to answer any further queries to enable them to provide consent.
There is no fixed medium but researchers may wish to consider including the following paragraphs:
The first element to be included in the sheet is the title. This title needs to be simple. If the original title is too technical create a simplified title.
The invitation paragraph is a brief introduction to the research as well as the people taking part in it.
The purpose of the study will determine the objective of the research including the aim and background. Also, determine the date of completion of the study.
In this section, you need to demonstrate why that particular individual has been chosen for the research.
Illustrate that participating is completely voluntary and also that reluctance or withdrawal will not imply any penalty or loss, either now or in the future.
Determine where the evaluations will happen, the number of assessments that will be there, how long the evaluations will be each time and what exactly will happen. What responsibilities do the participants have? Determine clear what you anticipate from them.
Make it clear if there are any limitations on lifestyle as a consequence of the engagement. Determine if a video or audio taping would be used and if it is used, when it will be destroyed.
Describe any inconveniences, disadvantages, and risks which are reasonably foreseeable.
Any advantages that can reasonably be expected for the participants should be indicated. However, it should be explicitly stated where there is no intended benefit for the participant from taking part in the project. The potential advantages for the specific participant during the project mustn’t be exaggerated. That might be viewed as coercive.
It will need permission from the individual to allow limited information access gathered about them during the study. You will clarify that all gathered information about them will be kept strictly confidential and will illustrate briefly how this will be done.
You should be in a position to tell the participants what will happen to the research results. When will be results be published? Where will they get a copy of the published findings? Is it going to tell them which arm of the project they were in? You could also include that no document or publication identifies them.
Name the organization or corporation that sponsors or finances the research.
The ethical review refers to the process of helping the researcher think through the ethical issues that surround the research. This includes, amongst other duties, ensuring that research conforms with international and domestic data protection laws concerning the use of private data obtained in research.
For more information, the researcher should give contact details of a named investigator and what to do next should they wish to participate.