You are invited to take part in a research project—SAMoSA Study for short—led by Dr. Mikiko Terashima, an Assistant Professor of the School of Planning, Dalhousie University. The purpose of this research is to understand how accessibility to some services and amenities in our communities together influence our health. Accessibility in this project means how easily people can get to select services and amenities. The project has two aims:
The SAMoSA study is funded by the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation. The findings of this study will be widely disseminated through a website called the Nova Scotia Health Atlas, in addition to academic journal publications.
As a participant in the research you are asked to answer 50 questions about you and your health by accessing the survey online. It will take about 15-20 minutes to complete the survey. Information you provide to us will be collected anonymously, which means that there will be no questions asked in the survey that asks for identifying details such as your name or email address. You will instead be asked to identify your community of residence from a map, and that is how we analyze the community-level health statuses and service accessibility. All the responses collected will be saved in a secure server located at Dalhousie University. No individual answers will be reported.
Your participation in this research is entirely your choice. If you decide not to participate anymore during the survey, all you need to do is close your browser. Once you complete your survey, we will not be able to remove the information you provided because the surveys are completed anonymously, and we would not know which one is yours. If you stop participating in the survey part way, what you entered up to that point will not be saved.
Only the project team members will have access to the survey responses. The data will be kept for three years after the completion of the project (we will keep the data until 2023), after which the data will be deleted from the computers.
We do not anticipate any risks (no more than those happening in your everyday activities) involved with your participation.
While there is no direct benefit to you by participating in this study, your participation may help public health and planning practices to create effective strategies to improve accessibility to the services in your community.
You can win a $20 gift certificate by entering your name and contact address after completing your survey. [Your name and contact address will not be linked with your responses]. We will post updates of the SAMoSA study via our project website. You can see a summary of the preliminary result from the survey after March 31st, 2019.
If you have any question about this study, please feel free to contact Dr. Terashima at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you agree to give your consent and start the survey, please click on the button: