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Why are you asking me to participate in this study?
We are asking how COVID-19 has affected you, your health and wellbeing, your household and your community in order to better understand how people like you have been affected by the pandemic and what people like you are doing to cope. We are asking everyone who works at Duke to participate in order to develop a reliable picture of the impacts of COVID-19 in our area and in the society more broadly.

Why should I participate in this study?
The goal of the study is to understand how people have been affected by COVID-19 and your answers are critical for developing that picture. Without your answers, people like you will not be represented. Knowing how the pandemic is affecting everyone can better inform the impact of decisions being made.

What will the survey ask?
The survey will ask you for information about you, your household, your job, and your overall health and well-being and how you have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Will participating in the survey affect my job in any way?
Absolutely not. We are an inter-disciplinary team of research faculty conducting this scientific study. Nothing you tell us will have any bearing on your work or employment.

Who are you studying?
We are inviting everyone who works at Duke University to participate in the study. This includes everyone who works on the campus, in the School of Medicine, and in the central administration. It does not include students or people who work for Duke University Health Systems (DUHS).

How long will the survey take?
The first survey should take about 15-20 minutes. Follow-up surveys will take about 15 minutes.

Will I be compensated for participating?
Everyone who participates in the survey, on any given week, will be entered into a lottery for one of ten gift baskets from a choice of vendors (up to $50 in value).

Will my answers be kept confidential?
Yes. Everything you say will be delinked from anything that identifies you (like your email address) by our Secure Data Manager and no one else will be able to tell who you are and what you said. Identifying information will be stored separately from your answers on a protected server behind a secure firewall at Duke.

Who will see my answers?
Only members of the study team will see your answers, after any information that identifies you has been removed. The study team includes a small number of faculty and staff at SSRI.

What are you going to do with my answers?
Members of the study team will aggregate all the answers in order to develop a better understanding of the impacts of COVID-19, taking into account that people’s experiences differ depending on their circumstances. We will write up the results and plan to publish them in scientific journals so that everyone can benefit from the findings based on your answers. In order the results to be credible, it is critical that as many people as possible participate in the study so that everyone and their experiences are represented.

Will you contact me again?
We plan to ask you additional questions about your life as this pandemic evolves over the next 12 months or so.

Is this study connected to other active Duke recruitment studies?
No, this is an independent study based solely on survey responses. You can actively help end or slow COVID in your local community – visit www.dukecovidstudies.org to learn more about additional COVID research studies, including treatments and vaccines.

Is my privacy protected?
Yes. Your privacy is critical to our study.  The survey is designed so that we cannot determine anyone’s individual identity from the answers to research questions. You can choose to answer or not answer any question. If you answer the survey questions but later want to withdraw your information from the study, please contact us.

Will the research results be vetted by Duke University or any other party before they are reported?
No.

Is this study approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB)?
Yes. The protocol number is 2020-0595.

I want to talk to someone on the study. Whom do I call?
Please email us and we will be in touch to set up a call.

I have some suggestions for your study.
Your suggestions would be much appreciated. Please email them to us. Many thanks!

I don’t see my question listed here. Whom can I contact for more information?
Please email us.

How can I opt out of receiving emails from Project ROUSE?
You can opt out of emails at anytime.