PROJECT TITLE: The Human Touch: The Influence of Human Support on Adherence to, and Outcomes of, an Online, Lifestyle-based Mental Health Intervention.


Research team: Dr Darren Morton, Dr Lillian Kent, Dr Jason Morton, Dr Peter Beamish, Dr Jason Hinze, Melanie Renfrew.

INVITATION

Thank you for registering your interest in the Live More Project study. We are pleased to invite you to participate in this study that is being conducted by researchers from Avondale College of Higher Education.

PURPOSE AND IMPORTANCE OF THIS RESEARCH

A randomised controlled trial in 2017 demonstrated that the Live More Project could improve the mental wellbeing of participants. Expanding on the encouraging 2017 results, the purpose of this study is to explore what influence different levels of human support provision have on outcomes for the Live More Project. The study will also explore what factors influence the participants’ capacity to engage with the Live More Project online. Importantly, this study will contribute knowledge about the influence of human support in online programs and will inform the most effective methods for implementing the Live More Project in the future.

WHO IS BEING INVITED TO PARTICIPATE?

To participate in this study you need to: be an adult (over 18 years old); live in Australia or New Zealand; possess a mobile phone with SMS capability; be able to access the internet; be fluent in English; be willing to allow your data to be used anonymously and confidentially for research; and provide informed consent.

Additionally, as an applicant you will need to agree that:

(1) The Live More Project will include:

  • ✓ Being randomly assigned to one of three groups.
  • ✓ Participation in the 10 week program commencing September 2018.
  • ✓ Completion of an online wellness questionnaire on three occasions:
    • - Prior to commencing the program.
    • - At 12 weeks (after program completion)
    • - 6 months after program commencement.

(2) The Live More Project may include:

  • ✓ Receiving regular SMS messages (2-3 times per week).
  • ✓ Participation in a 30 minute weekly online group discussion (i.e. video- conference) using a freely accessible application called ‘Zoom’.

WHAT DOES PARTICIPATION INVOLVE?

The Live More Project is a 10 week program that is accessed by logging onto a, password protected, website dashboard. From your personal dashboard, watch a weekly, 35 minute video in which you will learn ways to improve your wellbeing. Each week you will be challenged to complete a daily and weekly activity arising from what you have learned. You are encouraged to keep track of challenges by logging your activity online. The challenge activities range from just a few minutes to 30 minutes in duration. All participants complete an online wellbeing questionnaire that will take approximately 30 minutes and this needs to be completed on three occasions (prior to commencement of the program, at 12 weeks, and 6 months after commencing the program). Participation may include receiving regular SMS messages or participation in a weekly 30 minute videoconference session to reflect on the related program session.

POSSIBLE RISKS OR INCONVENIENCES

The time commitment required is the only inconvenience associated with being part of this research study.

BENEFITS

During the Live More Project you will learn scientifically proven strategies for increasing your personal wellbeing, especially your emotional wellbeing.

You will complete a questionnaire that measures seven dimensions of wellbeing: emotional, physical, social, vocational, intellectual, environmental and spiritual. You will complete the questionnaire three times, and on each occasion you will be able to view a summary score for each dimension. Your personal online access allows you to compare and contrast how your personal scores change across the three time periods. Please note, no other participants will see your questionnaire scores, the information is only viewable by you through your password protected access.

On completion of the program, participants will receive ongoing access to the video presentations, where video content can be reviewed at leisure.

CONFIDENTIALITY, ANONYMITY AND DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION

Your data will be treated confidentially. You will have access to a summary score for each dimension and the researchers will access the data for analysis. Your name will be removed so that your data is completely anonymous, and the data will be stored for five years on a password protected computer. At the end of the five-year period, after the conclusion of the research, all electronic data will be erased.

USE OF INFORMATION COLLECTED

The information collected will be analysed and might be reported in a thesis, scientific papers, professional conferences and/or media reports. Confidentiality of individual participants will be assured. In any publication, information will be provided in such a way that individuals cannot be identified.

FREEDOM OF CONSENT

Participation in this research is voluntary. It is completely up to you whether or not you participate. Only people who give their informed consent will be included in the study. Even if you agree to participate you may withdraw at any time without giving a reason. If you decide not to participate, or wish to withdraw from the project at any time, you will not be disadvantaged. If you choose to withdraw, and if it is possible to retrieve, your data will be returned to you.

FURTHER INFORMATION

If you would like to participate in the study or would like further information, please contact
Melanie Renfrew at melanierenfrew@adventist.org.au

This research project has been approved by the Avondale College of Higher Education Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC). Avondale requires that all participants are informed that if they have any complaint concerning the manner in which a research project is conducted it may be given to the researcher, or if an independent person is preferred, to Avondale’s HREC Secretary, Avondale College of Higher Education, PO Box 19, Cooranbong NSW 2265, or phone (02) 4980 2121 or fax (02) 4980 2117 or email: research.ethics@avondale.edu.au

The research team.