Consent to Participate

Thank you for considering being a participant in our research project. Research includes people who choose to take part only. If you have questions, please feel free to ask for more explanation.

Why is this research support/engagement project being funded?

Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is urine leakage that occurs when pressure (stress) is applied to the bladder from physical activity (coughing, laughing, lifting heavy objects). The purpose of this research support/engagement project is to ask patients to tell us about their experiences and what is most important to them in their medical outcomes.

Your voice matters. There has been limited involvement of patients in defining what is important to study in the surgical treatment for SUI. Obtaining input from a diverse group of SUI patients is needed and empowering patients to be part of the research process is critical. Feedback from patients will inform future research directions and help us improve care to meet patient priorities.

What is involved in the research support/engagement project?

If you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete a screening survey that will include some demographic and survey questions. The screener survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete. This screening survey will be used to determine if you are eligible to be part of the project. If you do not meet the required criteria, your participation will end. You will not be contacted by the project team.

If you are eligible for the research project as determined by the screening survey, we will ask you to rank a set of stress urinary incontinence research questions, answer some demographic and some personal SUI history questions. The survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. 

If you agree to take part in this project, there will be no direct benefit to you. We hope the information learned from this project will help improve patient care for SUI. There will be no cost to you to participate in this project.

Involvement in this project is voluntary. You can decide not participate in the project, and you can change your mind about participating in the project at any time. No matter what choice you make, there will be no penalty or loss of any benefits you are entitled to. Your decision will not affect the quality of care you receive.

How is your data going to be protected?

There is a risk of loss of confidentiality of your information. All efforts will be made to keep your personal information confidential; however, we cannot guarantee absolute confidentiality. Your information will be stored in a secure computer, in a locked office.

It is also possible that we will remove all identifiers (such as your email address, etc.) from your information gathered as part of this project and use this de-identified data to conduct additional research in the future. When researchers remove your personal identifiers from your data, the de-identified information can be used or shared with other researchers for future research without any additional consent from you. Findings or results from any research will not be reported back to you.

Your research records will be securely archived for 10 years after the conclusion of the project. Your personal identity will not be revealed in any publication of project results.

For questions about this project, contact the researcher, Una Lee MD at (206) 223-6772. For questions about your rights as a research participant, contact the BRI Institutional Review Board (IRB) Manager at (206) 342-6916. The IRB is a group of people who review this research to protect your rights and welfare.

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