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Study of Patient Credibility

Postby cathryn » Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:49 pm

Hello, Please consider participating in my study of how patients establish their authority or credibility in conversations with their doctors.

Identification of Investigators & Purpose of Study

You are being asked to participate in a research study conducted by Dr. Cathryn Molloy from James Madison University. The purpose of this study is to learn more about how patients establish their credibility in conversations with their doctors and other care providers. This study will contribute to the researcher’s completion of a research monograph.

Research Procedures

This study consists of an online survey that will be administered to individual participants through PsychForum online – using Qualtrics (an online survey tool), etc. You will be asked to provide answers to a series of questions related to your experiences explaining symptoms to doctors and other care providers.

Time Required

Participation in this study will require approximately 10 minutes of your time.


While your participation in this study might not cause you any harm, it is possible that recounting negative experiences with doctors or other care providers could cause you some stress. Please take this risk into consideration before proceeding.


Although there are no direct benefits for participants, potential benefits from this study include learning more about the everyday strategies patients use to establish their credibility.


The results of this research will be used in a book manuscript. While individual responses are anonymously obtained and recorded online through the Qualtrics, data is kept in the strictest confidence. No identifiable information will be collected from the participant and no identifiable responses will be presented in the final form of this study. All data will be stored in a secure location only accessible to the researcher. The researcher retains the right to use and publish non-identifiable data. At the end of the study, all records will be destroyed. Final aggregate results will be made available to participants upon request.

Participation & Withdrawal

Your participation is entirely voluntary. You are free to choose not to participate. Should you choose to participate, you can withdraw at any time without consequences of any kind. However, once your responses have been submitted and anonymously recorded you will not be able to withdraw from the study.

Questions about the Study

If you have questions or concerns during the time of your participation in this study, or after its completion or you would like to receive a copy of the final aggregate results of this study, please contact:

Cathryn Molloy
School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication
James Madison University
Telephone: (540) 568-8018
Questions about Your Rights as a Research Subject
Dr. David Cockley
Chair, Institutional Review Board
James Madison University
(540) 568-2834

Giving of Consent

I have been given the opportunity to ask questions about this study. I have read this consent and I understand what is being requested of me as a participant in this study. I certify that I am at least 18 years of age. By clicking on the link below, and completing and submitting this anonymous survey, I am consenting to participate in this research.


___Cathryn Molloy ______________________________March 15, 2017______________
Name of Researcher (Printed) Date

This study has been approved by the IRB, protocol # 17-0412 .

Forums: Generalized Anxiety, Conversion Disorder, Hypochondriasis
Deadline: May 1st 2017

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