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Call for Participants – Parkinson’s and Gut health

People with Parkinson’s required for a survey: “to better understand relationships between gut health and Parkinson’s disease”.

Information:
A team from Southern Cross University is conducting a research project on Parkinson’s disease (PD). The team is looking for participants who have Parkinson’s disease to complete their survey, which attempts to identify relationships between gut health and PD. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and the information obtained from the survey will be confidential and anonymous. The outcome of this research will contribute to better understanding the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease.

The objective of this study is to investigate factors that may affect the aetiology of Parkinson’s disease.

Inclusion and exclusion criteria:
You are eligible for this study if you are over the age of 18 years and have been clinically diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease stages 1-4.  However, you are not eligible for this study if you have been clinically diagnosed with any other neurodegenerative disease, or have stage 5 Parkinson’s disease, or have any form of cognitive impairment.

What does participation in this study involve?
If you agree to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete an online survey. This survey is anonymous and no identifying information is required.  The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. In this survey, you are asked to recall past complaints, problems or issues related to your occupation, sleep patterns and gut health. If you have difficulty using a computer you may like to complete this survey with the help of a spouse, carer, or friend. However, it is very important that the answers are your answers and not answers given by the person assisting you to complete the survey.  If you cannot answer or complete a question, simply leave it blank and move on to the next question. Participation in this survey is voluntary and you may withdraw from it at any time.

Risks:
This study has been approved as being low risk. However, if you do become uncomfortable or distressed while answering any of the questions, you are free to stop and withdraw from the study. If you require support, please contact your GP or call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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If you have questions pertaining to the study itself, your participation in the survey, or would like the results of this study, please email k.mckenzie.27@student.scu.edu.au

NB:  This study has been approved by the Southern Cross University Human Research Ethics Committee, approval number ECN-19-058. If you have concerns regarding the ethical conduct of this study or the researchers, please contact the Ethics Officer of Southern Cross University at the following address:
The Ethics Complaints Officer
Southern Cross University
PO Box 157
Lismore NSW 2480

Email: ethics.lismore@scu.edu.au

All information you provide to the ethics officer is confidential and will be handled as soon as possible.

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