FAQs

How can I take part?

The Diabetes MILES- 2 online survey is closed. Thank you to those who took part.

Who is conducting the survey?

The Diabetes MILES Study – 2 is being conducted by The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes (ACBRD), a partnership for better health between Diabetes Australia – Victoria and Deakin University. The Diabetes MILES Study – 2 is funded by a grant from the Diabetes Australia Research Trust (DART),  by funds raised in a Pozible campaign, and by an unrestricted educational grant from Sanofi. Other sponsorships may be secured over the course of this research. This will not result in any alterations to the participant rights outlined in this form. Professor Jane Speight (Director, ACBRD) is the principal investigator and takes responsibilities for this study (e: jspeight.acbrd.org.au, t: (03) 8648 1850).

Who can take part?

To take part in this study you must live in Australia, have type 1 or type 2 diabetes and be able to read and write English without assistance. You may have been invited to take part in this study because you took part in the original Diabetes MILES Study in 2011. Alternatively, you may have received an invitation in the mail from the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) to take part as you have previously indicated an interest in research participation on the NDSS register.

If you are unable to complete this survey without assistance, you may like to express your interest in completing the survey in coming years in another language or with assistance if it was to become available. Please contact the ACBRD by email DiabetesMILES@acbrd.org.au or telephone (03) 8648 1845.

Can I withdraw at any time?

Yes, you are free to decide not to participate or withdraw from the study at any time without giving any reason. Doing so will not affect your relationship with the ACBRD, Deakin University, Diabetes Australia, Diabetes Australia – Vic, or any study sponsors. If you wish to be eligible to withdraw from this study later on, it is important that you provide your name and contact details for the prize draw (you will be prompted for this at the end of survey) so we can identify your survey responses. If you do not provide identifiable information, your data will be completely anonymous and we will be unable to locate and remove your data. If you wish to have your data withdrawn from the study after you have returned the survey, please contact the ACBRD by email DiabetesMILES@acbrd.org.au or telephone (03) 8648 1845.
What does the study involve?

Taking part in this study involves the completion of the Diabetes MILES Study – 2 online survey, which will take approximately 45 – 60 minutes. This survey can be completed using a computer, tablet, or a smartphone, and if you need to take a break you may do so. Your responses will save automatically, and you will be able to pick up where you left off, provided you use the same device when you return to the survey. The study invites you to ‘have your say’ and reflect on your experience of living with diabetes. Completion of the survey confirms that you have read this Plain Language Statement and agree to take part in this study. The Plain Language Statement form is for you to print and keep.

Are there any benefits for me personally?

People take part in surveys like this for many reasons:

1)  Some people find the questions interesting. Taking part offers an opportunity to think about diabetes, your health and how these affect your well-being.
2)  Others just want to take part in research that will help us to help other people with diabetes.

There are no specific benefits to you.

As a token of our appreciation for your time spent completing the survey, every completed survey will be entered into a prize draw, with a chance to win 1 of 3 iPad minis. To be eligible to receive an iPad mini please provide your contact details using the form at the end of this survey.

Are there any risks to me?

There are no foreseeable risks associated with you taking part in this study. Some of the questions ask about sensitive and/or personal information. We do not expect these questions to cause you any distress. However, if you do feel any distress as a result of these questions, we encourage you to contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 (local call), or Diabetes Counselling Online at support@diabetescounselling.com.au. If you have questions about your diabetes management, you can call the Diabetes Australia Help Centre on 1300 136 588.

There will be no medical or blood tests involved in the study. By taking part you will be involved in research that will help us to understand more about how diabetes affects people’s lives.

Does the survey ask for contact or personal details?

The survey gives those persons taking part the option of providing contact details. However, choosing not to give your contact details will not affect your initial participation in any way.  You are asked to provide your contact details to ensure the researchers are able to get in contact with you if you consent to any of the following opportunities:

1) A chance to win 1 of 3 iPad minis.
2) Taking part in future research: the Diabetes MILES Study – 2 may continue beyond 2015 and we would like you to be involved.  With your consent, you will be invited to take part in a similar survey in the future (e.g. 4-5 years time) which will further add to our knowledge about what it is like to live with diabetes as time goes on. It is not mandatory to take part in the future survey.
3) Withdrawing your data at a later stage: to be eligible to withdraw from this study later on, it is important that you provide your contact details so we can identify your survey responses. If you do not provide any contact details, your data will be completely anonymous and we will not be able to locate or remove your data.

Providing your contact details will not impact the confidentiality of your responses. If you chose to provide them, your identifying information will be stored in a password-protected codebook that will link your name with a unique study ID number that will be automatically assigned to you. Your identifying information will not be stored with your data. Your contact details will not be shared with anyone outside the research team. Your contact details will not be used for any purpose other than that which you have indicated.

What will happen to my information?

This survey is hosted online through the Deakin University network, using the Qualtrics online survey tool. All survey responses will be kept in a password-protected file while held within the Deakin University network. All survey data will be downloaded and saved on the ACBRD server (on the Deakin network), accessible by password and only by ACBRD researchers. In accordance with government requirements, all data and surveys will be kept for a minimum of five years after the completion of the Diabetes MILES study and then disposed of by erasing of electronic files.

Your responses will be analysed along with those from other people taking part in the Diabetes MILES Study – 2. Your responses may also be used in the future to compare with future and past studies. Before future studies go ahead, we will apply for ethics approval. Any data made available to external research parties will be de-identified, meaning that no-one will be able to identify you from the information. Your identifying information (should you choose to provide it), will be kept in a separate password-protected file and saved on the ACBRD server as outlined above.

The overall results of the Diabetes MILES Study – 2 will be published on the Diabetes MILES website (www.diabetesmiles.org), in a study report, in academic journals, at conferences, and in diabetes magazines and newsletters. No-one will be able to identify you from any of the information we publish or present.  We will take great care to protect your identity. Your privacy is very important to us.

Has this study been approved by an Ethics Committee?

Yes. Approval to undertake this study has been given by the Human Research Ethics Committee of Deakin University (research project number: 2011-046).

Who can I contact about this study?

If you have any complaints about any aspect of the project, the way it is being conducted, or any questions about your rights as a research participant, then you may contact: The Manager Office of Research Integrity Deakin University 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood Victoria 3125 Telephone: (03) 9251 7129 Facsimile: (03) 9244 6581 Email: research-ethics@deakin.edu.au

If you would like further information or have any questions about the study, please contact the ACBRD by email DiabetesMILES@acbrd.org.au or telephone (03) 8648 1845.

You may also like to visit the Diabetes MILES study website: www.diabetesmiles.org, or write to us at:
The Diabetes MILES Study
The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes
570 Elizabeth Street
Melbourne Vic 3000