Examining Cancer and Injury Among Female Firefighters
Principal Investigator: Dr. Ian Pike
Professor, University of British Columbia Dept of Pediatrics, Canada
Co-Investigators: Chief Len Garis, City of Surrey Fire Department, British Columbia, Canada
Dr. Kenneth Kunz, Medical Oncologist, British Columbia, Canada
Study Contact: Kate Turcotte, Researcher: firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-875-2000 ex. 6715
INVITATION AND PURPOSE
You are being invited to participate in a research study for female firefighters, either born female or now self-identifying as female. The purpose is to describe the incidence and circumstances of cancer and work related injury among female firefighters. Acquiring this knowledge is important for developing and evaluating health and wellness policies; designating resources; and designing screening, surveillance, and prevention strategies to make the workplace safer for, and more supportive of, females in the fire service.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE AND WHAT HAPPENS IF I SAY YES?
You can take part in this study if you are:
• A female firefighter
• Able to spend 10 -20 minutes completing an online survey
• Able to read and understand English or French
If you decide to take part in the study here is what will happen:
• You will complete this survey asking about your demographics, firefighter career (e.g., department, rank), lifestyle (e.g., tobacco and alcohol use), work related injury if any, and cancer experience if any.
• The survey will take about 10 to 20 minutes
CAN I DECLINE THE STUDY OR CHANGE MY MIND AFTER I SAY YES?
Taking part in this study is voluntary, so you can opt out of the survey with no negative consequences. You can skip any question you do not wish to answer, or stop the survey at any time.
ARE THERE ANY BENEFITS AND/OR RISKS?
We do not expect that taking part in the study will provide any direct benefit to you. There will be no costs to you to take part in the study. You will not be paid for the time you take to participate. We do not expect any risks to you taking part in this study, although it has the potential to solicit feelings or concerns regarding your health specifically related to cancer experiences. If you desire, we will provide the opportunity for you to discuss your case confidentially with a medical oncologist experienced in the field of job-related cancers in the Fire Service, as some individuals find this to be of benefit in terms of emotional support and encouragement as they cope with their illness.
HOW WILL YOU KEEP MY PERSONAL INFORMATION PRIVATE?
If you decide to take part in this study, you can expect that:
1. Any information you share with the researchers is kept private and only used for the study.
2. You will only be asked to provide information that identifies you (first name and phone number or email address) in the survey if you are willing to discuss your cancer confidentially with a medical oncologist.
3. Your survey answers will be automatically combined with all the other participants', so they will not be able to be traced directly back to you.
4. You will not be identified in any publications or reports of the study results.
WHO CAN I CONTACT IF I HAVE A CONCERN OR A COMPLAINT?
If you have any concerns or complaints about your rights as a research participant and/or your experiences while participating in this study, contact the Research Participant Complaint Line in the UBC Office of Research Ethics in Vancouver, Canada at 604-822-8598, or if long distance call toll free within Canada 1-877-822-8598 or e-mail RSIL@ors.ubc.ca. Please reference the study number (Hxx-xxxx) when contacting the Complaint Line so the staff can better assist you.
Giving my consent to participate means:
• I have read and understood the information on this page
• I have had enough time to think about the information and ask for advice if needed
• I have been able to ask questions and have had satisfactory responses to my questions
• I understand that all of the information collected will be kept private and the results will only be used for scientific purposes
• I understand that I am free to withdraw from the study at any time without explaining my reason to do so and that my decision to withdraw will not affect my medical care
• I understand that I am not waiving any of my legal rights by completing the survey
• I understand that there is no guarantee that this study will provide any benefits to me
• I voluntarily consent to take part in this research study