Mobile phone interventions and the oral contraceptive pill

Dear potential research participant:

If you are aged 18 years old or older and are currently taking or have ever taken the oral contraceptive pill (OCP), you are invited to partake in a study relating to the use of smartphone applications and the OCP. Before you decide, it is important that you understand why the research is being conducted and what it will involve. This Participant Information Sheet tells you about the purpose, risks and benefits of this research study. If you agree to take part, you will be asked to tick a number of boxes in a section of the questionnaire, indicating your consent. If there is anything that you are not clear about, we will be happy to explain it to you. Please take as much time as you need to read this information. You should only consent to participate in this research study when you feel you understand what is being asked of you, and you have had enough time to think about your decision. Thank you for reading this.

Purpose of the Study:
This study is concerned with the use of mobile phone interventions for contraception adherence/usage. This study will be conducted over a four week period, giving participants adequate time to respond to questionnaires. The research is focused on whether contraception smartphone application usage has risen over recent years. The research is interested in understanding what makes a contraception smartphone application good or better. Participants were sent this e-mail as a result of attending the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Taking Part – What it Involves:
If you consent to taking part in the research you will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire. No personal information such as name or address will be required. The questionnaire simply asks for the age and relationship status of the participant. All other questions will relate to the opinions and ideas of the participant, but responses will be kept anonymous.

Do I have to take part?
It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you decide to take part you are still free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason. A decision to withdraw at any time, or a decision not to take part, will not affect your rights in any way.

What will happen to me if I take part?
If you consent to taking part in this research you will only be required to fill out the online questionnaire. Your responses will be completely anonymous. You are expected to answer all questions to the best of your knowledge and as honestly as possible.

How long will my part in the study last?
You will have approximately two weeks to respond to the questionnaire after giving consent to partake in the research.

What are the possible benefits in taking part?
There is no direct benefit of the research for the participant, however you will be contributing to greater research in this field.

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?
There are no foreseeable risks or disadvantages of taking part in this research.

What happens at the end of the study?
When all participants have been tested (this should be within 6-8 months of your participation), you will receive a summary of one or 2 pages of the main findings. While it could be up to 2 years before final results are published, we would be pleased to include you on an address list to receive publications arising from the study. Only general findings will be reported, without reference to identifiable individual results.

What happens if I change my mind during the study?
You are entitled to change your mind about participating in this at any time without disadvantage or penalty.

Who do I contact for more information or if I have further concerns?
If you require more information or you have any concerns please feel free to contact:

Bachelor Student Researcher:
Nicole Grier,
School of Psychology,
National University of Ireland,
Phone number: 083-1588483

If you have any concerns about this study and wish to contact someone in confidence, you may contact:
The Head,
School of Psychology,
National University of Ireland,

Dr. Gerry Molloy,
School of Psychology,
NUI Galway.

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