Local & Supervising Investigators: Ali Mulla, MD, Blair Bigham, MD
Co-investigators: Andrea Frolic, PhD, Michael Christian, MD, FRCPC, FCCM
You are invited to participate in a study titled Critical care resource triage in COVID-19 pandemic, conducted by Drs. Ali Mulla, Blair Bigham, Andrea Frolic, and Michael Christian in affiliation with the Division of Emergency Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON and London’s Air Ambulance, Barts NHS Health Trust, London, England.
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to understand the knowledge and attitudes of clinicians working in the COVID-19 pandemic with regards to critical care resource allocation and triage. Clinicians will be asked to report their attitudes related to their duties in the COVID-19 pandemic and their knowledge and attitudes towards ventilator and critical care triage.
Importance of this Research: This information collected from the study will be disseminated and used to adapt and improve resources for these clinicians. Putting measures in place to prepare and support clinicians who may have to triage these resources is of utmost importance.
Funding Source: This research is unfunded.
Participant Selection: You are being asked to participate in this research project because you are a physician providing care within emergency or critical care areas during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What is involved?: Your participation will include completing a short on-line survey. The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. The survey will involve demographic questions and other questions regarding critical care resource triage.
Risks & Inconvenience: There are no known or anticipated risks to you by participating in this research. Participation may inconvenience you through the loss of the time spent completing the survey. There is the remote chance that you could feel emotional distress due to the nature of questions asked. You can quit the survey at any time.
Benefits: We cannot promise any personal benefits to you from your participation in this study. Gaining insight into physician preparedness to engage in critical care resource triage may lead to future interventions that reduce moral distress and improve application of triage principles.
Voluntary Participation: Your completion of the survey is completely voluntary. Your participation is not an expected component of your employment and should be done on your own time. There will be no ramifications if you choose not to participate. If you do decide to participate, you may withdraw at any time without any consequences or explanations. However, if you complete and submit the survey, consent will be implied in its action. Once the survey is submitted, it will be impossible for your responses to be withdrawn given the survey’s anonymous nature.
Anonymity: Your anonymity is completely assured during this research, as no identifying information other than your clinical position, clinical area and location of practice, professional college membership, number of years in practice, and size of hospital where you provide care will be recorded during the survey.
Confidentiality: Your confidentiality and the confidentiality of the data will be protected by the data being stored securely within a password-protected network. Raw data collected will only be viewed by the study investigators.
Dissemination of Results: It is anticipated that the results of this study will be shared with others in the following ways: conference/scholarly meeting presentations and peer-reviewed publication.
Disposal of Data: Data from this study will be disposed of after a period of 7 years. All retained data will be de-identified and stored in password-protected files.
Contacts: For more information regarding this study, please contact Ali Mulla, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions regarding your rights as a research participant please contact: Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board (HIREB), telephone: 905-525-2100 ext. 42013