About the Study
If you choose to take part, what will we ask you to do?
1. If you choose to take part in the SEDS Study: PILOT we will first ask you to complete two questionnaires: one about yourself and your health; and one about your recent sun exposure.
2. We will then randomly assign you (like tossing a coin) to one of two different forms of sun exposure advice, for a period of two weeks.
3. Some participants will receive a U-B-Safe sun monitor that alarms when you have had enough sun exposure for your skin type, so that we can test these.
4. We will ask you to wear a badge that measures UV radiation (dosimeter) for each day of the two weeks that you are following your particular sun exposure advice.
5. In the second of the two weeks, while following your particular sun exposure advice and wearing the UV badge (dosimeter), we will ask you to keep a Daily Sun Exposure Diary.
6. At the end of the two weeks we will ask you to return the U-B-Safe monitor, the UV dosimeter and the Daily Sun Exposure Diary to the ANU Project Officer.
Can you withdraw from the study?
You may withdraw from the study at any time and can ask for information that we have already collected, to be destroyed.
Are there any risks of taking part in the SEDS Study: Pilot?
The only foreseeable risk in the SEDS Study: PILOT is that of getting sunburned. We ask that you use your understanding of your own skin sensitivity to the sun to ensure that you do not stay out in the sun long enough to get sunburned.
What are the benefits of taking part in the study?
The SEDS Study is addressing important questions about sun exposure and vitamin D in Australia. The SEDS Study: PILOT is being undertaken to maximise the likelihood that the SEDS Study will produce valid results. We hope that you will also experience some satisfaction in knowing that your participation in medical research could contribute to the improved health of future generations of Australians.
Privacy protection and ethical issues
The SEDS Study: PILOT has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the Australian National University. All information collected will be treated completely confidentially and will be used in a de-identified format and for health research only.
We will provide you with a summary of the pilot results. If you’d like to receive future updates as the SEDS Study is launched, please contact us on the details below.
Do you have any questions or comments?
If you have any questions, comments or complaints about the study, you contact us. All our contact details are on the contacts page, here