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Briefly describe the procedure that participants will engage in
The participants will be provided with questionnaires listing the questions outlined in the problem section. The questionnaire will be computerised as the subjects will receive emails of the questionnaire and allotted a maximum of two weeks to reply; the questions will be closed. The questionnaires will be of the filling nature where the participants were provided with spaces to fill the answers to these questions.
How long will the procedure take?
It is expected that the participants will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete the questionnaires.
Does it involve deception? If yes, explain.
The procedure will not involve any form of deception as all the subjects will be presented with the informed consent paper that they will read and either accept or deny it; all the details in informed consent paper will be thoroughly explained in the paper by use of additional information after every topic.
How will you debrief your participants?
After completion of the survey, a final screen will be conducted. This process will inform the participants how their data is stored, confirm its anonymity, and provide contact details of the survey organization for further enquiries.
How many participants?
500 participants will be selected from simple random sampling method.
How were the sample sizes determined?
As outlined in the answer to question 5 above, the sample size will be determined by simple random sampling. This method is a statistical population subset whereby each subset member has the same probability of being selected. Therefore, it is an unbiased representation of a particular subset.
How will they be recruited?
The subjects were recruited by through email invitation to participate in the study.
How will participants know of their right to withdraw?
The informed consent paper will include details on the participants’ right to withdrawal from the test at any time before filling in and submitting their questionnaires.
How will participants give informed consent?
The members will be issued with an informed consent form that they were requested to accept or decline through a tick box; they tick the box to confirm their decision accepted on the terms in the informed consent form. The language used in the form will be one that is readily understood by the participants.
Information sheet – what will it tell your members?
The information sheet will provide clear and brief information on the essential aspects of the study. This will include information on what the study is concerned with, the condition under study, the things that will occur during and after the study, the voluntary involvement nature, potential risks, and their responsibilities as participants among other relevant information. Moreover, the sheet will contain details on the participants’ right to withdrawal from the test at any time before filling in and submitting their questionnaires as well as their right to either accept or decline the terms in the informed consent form.
How will you anonymise data?
No personal data will be collected from the participants consequently eliminating electronic trails or tracks that would lead back to data’s origins.