Plain Language Information Statement

     

   Plain Language Information Statement     

PROJECT TITLE:

 

The effects of online mindfulness-based interventions on wellbeing.

 

PRINCIPAL RESEARCHER:

 

Dr Samia Toukshati

 

OTHER/STUDENT RESEARCHERS:

 

Prof Britt Klein and Betul Mercandagi

 

 

Thank you for your interest in this study. We invite individuals who are 18 years and over, fluent in English, and have access to internet to participate in our study. This study will be conducted by a Masters student, Betul Mercandagi, of Federation University, under the supervision of Dr Samia Toukshati.

What is the project about?

This study seeks to examine the effects of a brief online mindfulness-based intervention (iMindTime) on areas of wellbeing. iMindTime is a self-help web and mobile program designed to help people increase their level of mindfulness. Mindfulness is the act of being present and engaged in the moment, aware of ones thoughts and feelings without distraction or judgment. The intervention comprises 6 modules which will be completed over 3 weeks.

What does this project involve?

Participants will be asked to:

1) Create a ‘My Digital Health’ account (the iMindTime digital health program is one program housed within the ‘My Digital Health’ platform). This will involve providing an email address, username and strong password. Once you have completed this, you will receive a confirmation email that you will need to verify before you can proceed any further. If you would like to remain anonymous, we suggest you use a username and email address that does not contain your first and last name.

2) Upon providing consent, participants will be allocated to one of two groups. The first group will receive immediate access to iMindTime, while the second group will be placed on a wait-list where they will be offered to complete the program in 3-week.

3) All participants then complete surveys about their wellbeing before commencing the iMindTime program or the wait-list. This will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

4) In the iMindTime program, participants will complete six iMindTime modules over 3 weeks. Each module will have educational material providing information on the specific focus for the module alongside instructions that teach practical ways to incorporate the particular mindfulness principles into one’s daily life (5-10 minutes of reading time). To consolidate learning, participants will be required to complete offline practice of the specific mindfulness principles they learn (10-20 minutes, 3 times a week, per module) before moving onto the next module. In total, participants will be required to do 15-30 minutes of reading, and 1.5-3 hours of mindfulness practice over the 3-week program

5) After completing the iMindTime program or the wait-list, participants will complete further surveys about their wellbeing. This will take approximately 10 minutes.

Can I withdraw from the project?

Participation in this project is completely voluntary. If you decide you do not want to continue with the project, you can withdraw at any stage, without consequence or any explanation. Please be aware, however, once your data is submitted, we are unable to withdraw it as anonymous data cannot be identified. Your withdrawal will have no impact on current or future relationships with Federation University. Moreover, if you are a current student of Dr Samia Toukhsati, your involvement in the project will not affect any ongoing assessments or grades.

What will happen to my results?

Your information is entirely anonymous, unless you choose to use an email or username that identifies you. No identifying data is being collected for analysis,  and there is no way you can ever be identified in any publication arising from the research. Data will be secured in a password protected digital format by the principal researcher and will be kept for a minimum of five years. Please be aware that consent to participate includes the possibility that non-identifiable data collected in this study may be used in closely related research projects. Data will only be shared with other researchers in non-identifiable format for legitimate research purposes and with ethics approval. 

How will the project benefit me?

The iMindTime program is a user friendly and interactive program that you should find easy to use. This program will provide you with knowledge and skills around improving mindfulness levels which has been shown to improve various aspects of wellbeing.

Are there any risks from participating?

If participating in this research raises any issues or concerns, we advise you to withdraw from the survey by closing your web-browser and seek advice from your General Practitioner. Alternatively, if you are living in Australia you may contact the ‘Health Direct’ (1800 022 222) for free professional advice about your health or triple zero (000) for emergency support if necessary. You can also contact Lifeline (131114), Beyond Blue (1300 22 4636) or Suicide Call Back Service (1300 659 467) for free support regarding any mental distress. If you are living outside of Australia, you are encouraged to visit the following websites to identify crisis, counselling and medical support services in your area (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicide_crisis_lines; www. https://checkpointorg.com/global/).

How do I agree to participate?

By clicking on “I agree” you are indicating you are above 18 years of age; understand what you have read; agree to participate in the study; and consent to the use of your survey responses, as stated.

This research has been approved by the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee: Approval Number A20-156.

 

 

If you have any questions, or you would like further information regarding the project titled ‘The effects online mindfulness-based practice on wellbeing’ please contact the Principal Researcher, Dr Samia Toukhsati at the School of Science, Psychology and Sport.

EMAIL: s.toukhsati@federation.edu.au

PH: 03 5122 6009

This research has been approved by the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee: Approval Number A20-156.

Should you (i.e. the participant) have any concerns about the ethical conduct of this research project, please contact the Federation University Coordinator Research Ethics, Research Services, Federation University Australia,

PO Box 663 Mt Helen Vic 3353

Telephone: (03) 5327 9765

Email: research.ethics@federation.edu.au

CRICOS Provider Number 00103D