Research opportunity!

If you are a clinician who works with people who have pain, I am conducting a survey of health professionals’ beliefs about spirituality and pain.

This project aims to explore the beliefs about spirituality of healthcare professionals involved in the care of people who are experiencing pain.

Spirituality has been identified as both an important aspect of healthcare and a way that individuals cope with the challenges of pain, but despite this, spiritual care is not well understood in the New Zealand pain management context.

We are seeking people who are healthcare providers involved in the care of people who are experiencing pain, and who are willing to provide us with their views on spirituality.

Thank you for showing an interest in this project. Please read this information sheet carefully before deciding whether or not to take part. If you do decide to take part, we thank you. If you decide not to take part there will be no disadvantage to you, and we thank you for taking the time to consider our request.

If you agree to take part in this project, you will be asked to complete a brief, confidential online questionnaire survey. This should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete.
If you decide not to take part in the project, there will be no disadvantage to you.

No information that could identify you personally will be kept, and all information obtained will be reported as grouped data, with the exception of some quotations from open-ended questions.
Only the researchers will have access to this information, and data will only be used for the purposes of this research project. All information will be held in secure, password-protected data files, and retained for five years.

Any personal information you provide, such as contact details will be destroyed at the completion of this research project.

You may withdraw from participating in this project at any time and without any disadvantage to yourself by contacting the researchers below.

The results of this project may be published and will be available in the University of Otago Library (Dunedin, New Zealand) but every attempt will be made to preserve your anonymity.

If you have any questions about this project, either now or in the future, please feel free to contact either:
Bronwyn Lennox Thompson
Dept. Orthopaedic & Musculoskeletal Medicine
University of Otago, Christchurch
Ph 64 3 364 1086
Alison Middlemiss
Pain Management Centre
Burwood Hospital
Canterbury District Health Board
Ph 64 3 383 6831

This study has been approved by the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Musculoskeletal Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch. If you have any concerns about the ethical conduct of the research you may contact the University of Otago Human Ethics Committee through the Human Ethics Committee Administrator (Ph 64 3 479 8256). Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated and you will be informed of the outcome.



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