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Towards the Creation of a Global Health Curriculum: Evaluation of Web-Based Learning Modules

Dear Global Health Curriculum Participant,

We are inviting you to participate in an evaluation study of a series of Global Health (GH) modules developed by the Action Global Health Network. Before agreeing to take part in this study, it is important that you understand how you will be involved. Regardless of whether you agree to take part in this study or not, you will be asked to complete a series of surveys. The data collected will be used to refine and improve the modules as necessary. However, if you choose not to participate in this study your data will not be used in the evaluation.

What is the study about?

This study assesses the process and impact of a series of evidence-based GH modules created for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as health professionals, by the Action Global Health Network. It explores participants’ overall satisfaction, knowledge gains, behaviour changes, and self-reflections in regards to GH.

How will I be involved in this study?

You will be asked to complete and submit 7 to 15 online questionnaires and one reflective summary over the 9-month study period. The number of questionnaires that you will be asked to complete depends on the number of modules that you complete. The questionnaires will focus on your satisfaction with the modules, your knowledge gains, and your behaviour changes in regards to GH. The reflective summary will focus on how your perceptions, knowledge, and behaviours have changed as a result of participating in the modules. Everyone using these modules will be required to complete the questionnaires and the reflective summary, but use of your data in the research is entirely voluntary. Each questionnaire will take approximately 3-7 minutes to complete and the reflective summary will take approximately 30 minutes to do.

Will anyone know what I say?

The questionnaires and reflective summary will have a unique identification number for tracking purposes only. We will not place your name or any other identifying information on your questionnaires or reflective summary. If we publish or present the results of the study, we will not use any identifying information. Your employment or standing at CHEO, the University of Ottawa, or other training organizations will not be affected by your agreement or refusal to participate in the study. Your supervisors, instructors, manager(s), directors, and colleagues will not have access to your specific responses. We will keep all study data on a password-protected computer. Data will be conserved for 15 years after the publication of research findings. After this time, study data will be shredded and appropriately discarded

Do I have to do this?

Your participation in this study is voluntary. You can withdraw from the study at anytime.

What are the risks and benefits?

Some of the items on the questionnaires and reflective summary may make you feel uncomfortable because they ask about your knowledge and competency of GH issues as well as your perceptions of the GH modules. You do not have to respond to any items that make you feel uncomfortable.

You may or may not directly benefit from the study. However, the study will help to identify areas for improvement in the modules and help us determine the value of and need for them as well as other educational resources. Once the study is complete, we will share a summary report of the results with you. You will also have access to the modules and evaluation tools outside of the study to facilitate your learning.

What if I have questions?

If you have any questions about the study, please contact the Principal Investigator of the study Dr. Anne McCarthy, Director of the Office of Global Health at the University of Ottawa or Nathalie Pellerin-Tessier, Program Coordinator, at the phone numbers or emails listed below.

It is important to know that the CHEO Research Ethics Board (REB) has reviewed and approved this study. The REB is a committee of the hospital that includes individuals from different professional backgrounds. The Board reviews all research that takes place at the hospital. Its goal is to ensure the protection of the rights and welfare of people participating in research. The Board’s work is not intended to replace a parent or child’s judgment about what decisions and choices are best for them. You may contact the Chair of the Research Ethics Board, for information regarding patient’s rights in research studies at (613) 737-7600 (3272), although this person cannot provide any health-related information about the study.

Thank you for thinking about and helping us with this study.

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Research Team

Anne E. McCarthy, MD, FRCPC, DTM&H, Director, Action Global Health Network, Director, Office of Global Health, Professor of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Director, Tropical Medicine & International Health Clinic, Division of Infectious Diseases, Clinical Investigator, Clinical Epidemiology Program Ottawa Health Research Institute, (613) 562-5800 (4479), amccarthy@toh.on.ca

Nathalie Pellerin-Tessier, Program Coordinator, Global Health Office, Faculty of Medicine University of Ottawa, 451 Smyth Road, Room 2129N, Ottawa, ON, K1H 8M5, (613) 562-5800 (4479), globalhealth@uottawa.ca

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