PARTICIPANT INFORMATION SHEET
Burnout in Australian Eating Disorder Treatment Providers: A Replication and Extension Study
Chief Investigator: Anna Simpson, Registered Psychologist (AssocMAPS), student of Master of Clinical Psychology degree at Charles Sturt University.
Tel: 0432 916 048
Project Supervisor: Dr Stephanie Quinton, Registered Psychologist (PhD, MAPS, AFBPsS), Lecturer in Psychology, School of Psychology, Charles Sturt Univeristy.
Tel: 02 6338 6118
You are invited to participate in a research study exploring burnout in Australian eating disorder treatment providers.
This study is being conducted by Anna Simpson to meet the requirements for the Master of Clinical Psychology degree at Charles Sturt University. This study is under the supervision of Dr Stephanie Quinton from the School of Psychology at Charles Sturt University.
Before you decide whether or not you wish to participate in this study, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take the time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish.
What is the purpose of this study?
This study aims to conduct the first exploration of overall burnout levels in Australian eating disorder treatment providers, as well as identify the demographic and work-related factors that are most relevant to burnout in Australian eating disorder treatment providers.
This study is a replication and extension of a previous study by Warren, Schafer, Crowley, & Olivardia (2013), which explored burnout in US eating disorder treatment providers.
Why have I been invited to participate in this study?
We are seeking any mental health professionals who are either currently or historically have provided treatment to eating disorder patients. This may include individuals from the following professions: Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Nurses, Dieticians, Social Workers, General Practitioners, and Counsellors.
If you are a mental health professional who is not currently providing, or has not previously provided, treatment to eating disorder patients, then you are unfortunately not eligible to participate.
What does this study involve?
If you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete an anonymous online survey comprising three questionnaires. The online survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.
The questionnaires contain questions relating to burnout and demographic and work-related factors that may be related to burnout levels. No identifying information will be collected as part of the survey, and participation is completely anonymous and confidential.
For this study, you will be deemed as providing your informed consent to participate if you click on the button inviting you to begin the online survey.
Are there risks and benefits to me in taking part in this study?
Due to the sensitive nature of the topic under exploration, it is possible that some of the questions you will be asked may cause discomfort or distress. If you require any support or debrief following participation in this research project, you can access support by contacting the following services:
13 11 14
1300 224 636
The Butterfly Foundation
1800 334 673
Alternatively, you are welcome to contact Anna Simpson on 0432 916 048 or via firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dr Stephanie Quinton on 02 6338 6118 or via email@example.com for assistance in identifying a suitable support source.
Please note that you are able to contact Anna Simpson or Dr Quinton using the contact details provided on this form for any questions that you have regarding the research project itself.
There will be no direct benefit to you in participating in this research, as participation is entirely anonymous and voluntary.
How is this study being paid for?
This study is being funded by the School of Psychology at Charles Sturt University and the Chief Investigator of this research project.
Will taking part in this study cost me anything, and will I be paid?
Participation in this study will take approximately 30 minutes but will not cost you anything. There is no reimbursement for participation.
What if I don’t want to take part in this study?
Participation in this research is entirely your choice. Only those people who give their informed consent by clicking on the button to begin the online survey will be included in the project. Whether or not you decide to participate, is your decision and will not disadvantage you.
If you do decide to participate, you may withdraw from the project at any time up until the point of completion of the online survey without giving a reason and without any penalty to you. If you wish to withdraw from the project prior to final submission, you may do so by closing your browser window.
What if I participate and want to withdraw later?
If you choose to withdraw from the research project at any point whilst completing the measures (i.e., prior to the point of submission of the completed survey), you do not have to give any reason and there will be no penalty to you. If you choose to withdraw prior to full completion of the survey you may do so by closing your browser window, and any data you have submitted prior to withdrawal will be excluded from the data analysis and will not count towards the findings of the research project.
Please note however that as participation is confidential and anonymous, it will not be possible to link any data collected to an individual once the survey has been completed. It is important that you understand that it will not be possible to withdraw your data from inclusion in the research project after the point of final completion of the questionnaires, as data is non-traceable to an individual.
How will my confidentiality be protected?
Participation will be confidential and the online survey is anonymous. It will therefore not be possible to identify you from your answers.
All information collected will be stored securely and only accessed by the researchers. Data will be retained for at least 5 years at the Charles Sturt University.
What will happen to the information that I give you?
The findings of the data analysis from this research project will be written up in a thesis to be submitted for Anna Simpson’s degree, with the view to publish in a scientific journal. As the online survey is anonymous, it will not be possible to identify individual participants in any written reports arising from the project.
Contact details will be provided on the debrief sheet available to you following participation in this study, which you will be able to use to obtain feedback on the overall results of the study.
What should I do if I want to discuss this study further before I decide?
If you would like further information please contact Anna Simpson on 0432 916 048 and via firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dr Quinton on 02 6338 6118 or via email@example.com
Who should I contact if I have concerns about the conduct of this study?
Charles Sturt University’s Human Research Ethics Committee has approved this project. If you have any complaints or reservations about the ethical conduct of this project, you may contact the Committee through the Executive Officer:
The Executive Officer
Human Research Ethics Committee
Officer of Governance and Corporate Affairs
Charles Sturt University
Private Bag 29
Bathurst NSW 2795
Tel: (02) 6338 4628
Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated fully and you will be informed of the outcome.
Thank you for considering this invitation.
This information sheet is for you to keep. Please print a copy of this information sheet if you wish to retain it for later reference.
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