Information sheet for ‘Diabetes and Alcohol’ project

The title of the study Diabetes and alcohol
What are the purposes of the project? The purpose of the project is to conduct a study on the effects of alcohol on people with diabetes, including research into diabetics’ knowledge of the effects of alcohol on their diabetes, then publish the findings in a highly-rated Information Science journal.

Decreasing the impact of diabetes is important: around 6% of the UK population suffer from this condition (International Diabetes Foundation, 2017[1]), while the cost of treating UK diabetics may reach £39·8 billion by 2035 (Hex, Bartlett, Wright, Taylor, & Varley, 2012[2]).

The project’s objectives are

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Who should participants contact for further information?
How will data be collected? Data will be collected via surveys and interviews (online, face-to-face, Skype or similar, phone – as best suits participants). Interviews will last no longer than 1 hour. Surveys should take no more than 15 minutes
How long does the project last? blah months (Blah-month to Blah-month 2020)
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Who is undertaking and sponsoring the project?

Who should participants contact for further information?

The above members of Edinburgh Napier University’s School of Computing, School of Engineering and the Build Environment and School of Health and Social Care, and of NHS Lothian

Funder: Blah

Who should I contact if there are any issues which cannot be resolved with the project team?

Further information on Edinburgh Napier University’s ethics approaches is available at

Will there be any discomforts or inconveniences? There should be no impact from the research process other than the time taken by the interviews and survey. Every effort will be made to avoid raising uncomfortable topics.
What are the risks from participation in the project? There are no risks to participants. All data will be anonymised and aggregated, and no individual will be identifiable from project outputs.
How will confidentiality, anonymity and privacy be maintained? All data will be treated as confidential, and will be anonymised in the project outputs. Participants are free to withdraw at any time during the survey and interview/focus group.
What will happen to the data, who will have access to it and how it will be stored? Interviews will be recorded on a passcode-protected iPhone or iPad. Recordings will be moved to the University’s to an X-drive: an area of the University’s IT systems that only the project’s team can access. They will then be securely deleted from the iPhone or iPad. Recordings will be transcribed by the project team. The transcriptions will also be kept on the X-drive.

Survey data will be captured by NoviSurvey running on the University’s secured servers: data will only be available to the above members of the project team. When the survey is complete, data will be transferred to the X-drive and treated as confidential as above. Data will then be deleted from NoviSurvey

How will data be stored and kept safe? See above. Also, data will be published in anonymised formats, using quotes that do not identify the participants. Audio-recordings and un-anonymised transcriptions will be deleted after the project ends.
What are the benefits that may result from the project? By taking part in the project, participants will contribute to understanding

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Participants will hence contribute to efforts to reduce the human and financial costs of diabetes and other long-term, self-managed medical conditions.

What are the consequences of non-participation? There are none.