After reading the information below, please make sure to scroll down at the end to see the link to get started if you would like to participate in the interview!
Why am I being asked to be in this research study?
- We want to learn more about first responders’ views about mental health, seeking help for mental health problems, and barriers to doing so.
- This study will help us learn more about how to develop and implement mental health services that first responder will be willing to access and use.
- We are asking people like you who are first responders to help us, including firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs)/paramedics. We aim to interview up to 24 first responders, 18 years and older, for this part of the study.
What if I don’t understand something?
- This form may have words you don’t understand. Research staff will read it with you, if you like.
- You may ask as many questions as you like before you decide whether you want to be in this study.
- You are free to ask questions at any time before, during, or after you are in the study.
What if I say yes, I want to be in this study?
To qualify in this study, you must be a firefighter and/or an EMT/paramedic. You qualify to be in the study whether you are paid or not paid for your services, that is, whether you work in a career or a volunteer department. You also qualify if you are a retired firefighter and/or EMT/paramedic.
If you qualify, you will be asked to do these things:
- Complete a brief form with questions regarding your age, gender, race, marital status, and history of military service. There will also be questions about details related to being a first responder, such as time in service, rank, and characteristics of your department.
- The form will also ask if you have any current health problems. We will not ask for any further details, and we will not be asking to access any of your health records.
- Participate in an individual interview, where you will be asked about how your experiences as a first responder could affect someone’s mental or emotional health. You will also be asked your opinions about seeking mental health care, things that would stop you from seeking help if you needed it, and how you feel about some mental health services that may be currently available to first responders.
- You will be able to skip any question you do not want to answer.
How long will this study take?
We expect the entire process of filling out the brief questionnaire and completing the interview to last 1 ½- 2 hours.
Who will see the information about me that is collected?
- The head researcher will know your name and have access to your information.
- Information discussed during the interview will NOT be shared with anyone that you work with, including officers or administration.
- We will do our best to make sure no one else knows you are part of the study by not putting your name on anything..
- There are people who make sure the study is run the right way. These people may see information from the study about you. They are:
- OHRP (Office for Human Research Protections), a federal agency
- UAMS Institutional Review Board
- Other institutional oversight offices
- State law requires we tell the authorities if we learn
- about possible child or adult abuse
- that you might hurt yourself or someone else
- When the study is over, we will share the overall results in scientific journals and at scientific conferences. No names or identifying information will be included in these articles and presentations.
Where and how long will my information be kept?
- Instead of using your name, we will use a code to identify your information, including this form and your interview data, and keep the code in a locked file.
- Only the head researcher will have access to the code for your information.
- This information will be kept by the researcher up to 5 years.
What if I say no, I do not want to be in this study?
- Nothing bad will happen.
- You can still get medical care at UAMS.
What happens if I say yes, but change my mind later?
- You can stop being in the study at any time. Nothing bad will happen.
- You can still get medical care at UAMS.
- If you decide to stop being in the study, call Dr. Sara Jones at 501-526-7846.
Can I be taken out of the study even if I want to continue?
Yes, the study head researcher can take you out of the study if it is not in your best interest to continue.
If I stop being in the study, what will happen to any information collected from me?
If you wish to have your information taken out of the study, call Dr. Sara Jones at 501-526-7846.
Will my information from the study be used for anything else?
Your information will be used only in this study.
Will it cost me anything to be in the study?
The study will not cost you anything.
Will I be paid?
We will give you a Walmart gift card worth $25. This will be given to you after we complete the interview to thank you for your time.
Will being in this study help me in any way?
Being in the study may or may not help you, but may help first responders in the future. What we learn may help in the following ways:
- Develop mental health treatment options for first responders that they will be willing to access and use.
- Develop a mental health program for first responders that can be applied across the state of Arkansas.
What are the risks of being in this study?
The risks are:
- The risks for this study are no more than what happens in everyday life.
- We will do our best to protect your privacy. Still, someone could find out that you were in the study.
- The questions could make you sad or upset.
- If you do become distressed during the interview, you can stop the interview at any time. If the researcher notices that you become distressed, she may also stop the interview.
- The researcher may also want to ask you more questions that are not a part of the interview if you become too distressed. She may refer you to see somebody if you are at risk for hurting yourself or someone else.
- A list of mental health resources will also be available to you.
What are the alternatives to being in this study?
You do not have to be in this study.
What if new information comes up about the study?
- We want you to know anything that may change your mind about being in the study.
- If there is new information, the researcher will let you know by sending out a group email, distributed in the same way in which you received this study’s information.
What if I have questions?
- Please call the head researcher of the study, Sara Jones, at 501-526-7846 if you
- have any questions about this study
- have questions about your rights
- feel you have been injured in any way by being in this study
- You can also call the office that supervises research (UAMS Institutional Review Board) at 501-686-5667 if you:
- have questions about this study or about your rights as a research participant
- can’t reach the study team
- need to speak to someone not directly involved with this study
By continuing with the interview, I am saying:
- I understand that joining this study is voluntary.
- I agree to be in the study.
- Someone talked with me about the information in this document and answered all my questions.
I know that:
- I can stop any and all parts of the study at any time and nothing bad will happen to me.
- I can call the office that supervises research (UAMS Institutional Review Board) at 501-686-5667 if I have any questions about the study or about my rights.
- My decision will not change my medical care at UAMS.
I do not give up any of my rights by participation.