More Information About the Study

What is the study about and how long will it last?

By doing this study, we hope to teach first responders about mental health. If you join the study, you will be asked to complete 2 brief questionnaires (one at the beginning of the study and one at the end) and participate in some discussions at your stations. Two members of the research team will visit stations once weekly; depending on station and crew, you can expect to see them 4-5 times over 10 months. Discussions will be very informal. We hope to increase your knowledge and awareness about mental health, answer any questions you may have, and provide you with resources.  

Why might I choose to volunteer for this study?

You may find what you learn in this study to be helpful to you or to people you work with. You would also help us create educational programs that others may find helpful. 

Why might I choose not to volunteer for this study?

You may not want to take time to participate. You may find some of questions or discussions uncomfortable. If something about the study upsets you, the researchers can help you and/or refer you for more care.

Do I have to take part in the study?

If you decide to take part in the study, it should be because you want to volunteer. You will not lose any services, benefits, or rights you would normally have if you choose not to volunteer. You can also drop out of the study at any time. Nothing about your employment status will change no matter what you decide. The researchers may also end your study participation if they feel it is not in your best interest to continue.

What if I have questions, suggestions, or concerns?

You are encouraged to ask questions about the study now if you need more information before deciding to join. You can contact the person in charge of the study Sara Jones, PhD, APRN, at any time with questions, suggestions, or concerns: 501-526-7846.

If you have questions, suggestions, or concerns about your rights as a study volunteer, or wish to speak to someone not directly involved in the research, you can call the UAMS Institutional Review Board during business hours: 501-686-5667.

Just To Clarify:

  • Your participation is voluntary.
  • You may refuse to take part or stop participation at any time without penalty.
  • Your choice to participate or not participate will not affect your employment status.

If you have any further questions about this study, please do not hesitate to call or email me (contact information below).

Also, please feel free to pass this information along to other first responders. The more participants we get, the better information we will have to address these needs!

Sara Jones, Ph.D., APRN, PMHNP-BC

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Nursing
Office: 501-526-7846