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The impact of chronic pain on the occupational balance of third level students

Participant Information

“The impact of chronic pain on the occupational balance of third level students” 

If you are at least 18 years old, and are a student at NUI Galway you are invited to take part in a research study. If you agree to take part, I will ask you to indicate consent. If there is anything that you are not clear about I will be happy to explain it to you (please see contact details below). 
I intend to examine if having chronic pain causes students to have difficulty with fully participating in activities they want to or need to do. Participation in this research is completely voluntary. You may choose not to participate at any stage of the research. If you, however, decide to participate and have given consent to participate, you will only need to complete and submit a survey. The majority of questions are a tick-box type style and may take up to 10 minutes to complete in total. The survey is totally anonymous and no identifiable information about you will be collected at any stage of the research. Firstly, you will be asked to provide consent to participate. You will then be asked some questions about you, your pain and how you perform in everyday life. Your responses are completely confidential. Competed questionnaires will be processed and all data will be entered on a computer. 
It is up to you whether or not to take part. If you decide to take part you will be asked to indicate consent. You are still free to withdraw at any time and without giving reason. If you withdraw from the study before submitting your survey any personal data collected will be deleted. When the final form is submitted it will not be possible to withdraw as all data will be anonymous and it will not be possible to differentiate between participants. The survey link will remain open until midnight on the (date TBC depending on date of initial email). After this the results will be written up and will be submitted to the university as an undergraduate thesis. If the results indicate that there are significant difficulties for students with chronic pain they may be used to advocate for improved support services for these students.

If you have any questions or experience any worries as a result of participating in the study, please don’t hesitate to contact the researcher, using the contact details below; 
Kerrie McGroarty 
4th year Occupational Therapy student 
If you have any concerns about this study and wish to contact someone else in confidence, you may contact Kerrie’s supervisor; Manigandan Chockalingam using the contact details below: 
Department of Occupational Therapy, National University of Ireland, Galway 
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