Who can participate in this project?
Anyone in Canada with pain can participate in this project.
Anyone in Canada with pain can participate in this project.
A Citizen Scientist is a person who wants to help ask and answer scientific questions. Regardless of age or experience, anyone who is curious about the world we live in and wants to contribute to science, can be a Citizen Scientist. In this project, Citizen Scientists can give insight into their lived-experiences of pain. This can then allow for the creation of meaningful research questions, co-created by researchers and you- the citizen scientists.
Research questions are the foundation to research. We have to ask the right questions if we want to get the right answers. The questions guide how the research is done and can lead to important discoveries. For example, you may be curious to ask “What are the most common pain conditions in my age group and region?” or “How do others with similar symptoms manage their pain?” These are some examples of questions you may want to answer.
A data point is obtained when you answer a single question. This is a piece of information about your pain and as you answer more questions we can gather a greater understanding of your pain experience. In our project, these data points are seen as information to help scientists to better understand how pain affects the lives of people like you. As you answer more questions, you earn more data points which contribute to uncovering the burden of pain.
This project uses a standardized questionnaire which is valid and reliable tool used to capture accurate responses of patients. This means it has been written in an effective way which asks all participants the same questions in an identical format.
Many symptoms such as pain, fatigue, and depression are common, but they are also complex and not well understood. By taking part in this project and sharing your first-hand experience, you along with scientists can gain insight into the reality of life for people who live with pain. This can help to ask the right questions and focus on research that will help people like you.
Currently, once you have submitted your responses you cannot revise or review them. All information will be stored on the secure servers of Population Data BC. In the future, when we have more data, we will be able to post graphs and other images on the Citizen Science website to show how pain is affecting you and others.
Data about symptoms will be used to generate future research questions by health scientists interested in learning more about the burden of pain.
Any data that is published publicly will be de-identified, meaning the data cannot be linked to you personally.
Personal data is any data that can be used to personally identify an individual, such as your name. The only personal data collected by this website is your email address. Content data refers to information such as your age and gender, as well as responses to the survey questions. This type of information is collected by this website but is separated from your email address so that it cannot be connected to you.
The Citizen Science project is funded by the BC SUPPORT Unit, Knowledge Translation and Implementation Science Methods Cluster, and Data Science and Health Informatics Methods Cluster.
This study is being carried out in British Columbia, Canada.
The Citizen Science project team is multi-disciplinary. That means that the researchers have different areas of expertise. The team includes:Please see the Team Descriptions to learn more about the people involved in this project.
All the information you provide on the Citizen Science website is stored in a secured server located at Population Data BC. To minimize the risk of anyone identifying you personally from your survey information, your email address will be stored separately from the rest of the information you provide.
There are four levels of questions. Each level asks about a different aspect of pain and how it affects you. You can choose how many questions you would like to answer. The more you answer, the better scientists can understand what it is like for you to live with your pain. Consider coming back and letting us know if and how your pain is changing. Remember, because pain is so complex and poorly understood, providing more information on if and how your pain changes can help scientists to generate more meaningful research questions and find ways to improve your life.
Research takes a long time to do well, and so you and all the other Citizen Scientists will likely have to wait for months, or even years, to see the results of studies that use the information that you share. In the future, when we’ve collected more data, we’ll be able to share graphs and other images on the Citizen Science website that will help all of us to better understand pain. Remember to visit the website often to get updates on new research questions that were generated from the information contributed by everyone.
Yes, you can withdraw from the project at any time. You can simply stop using the website or delete your account whenever you want.
As a guest user: Once you have submitted the survey responses by either leaving the site or completing a level, your content data cannot be deleted.
As an account holder: You have two options for deleting your account.
You have 10 chances to get your password right. If you cannot remember your password, click here to reset it. This link will walk you through the steps to recover your password.
If you have concerns or complaints about your rights as a research participant and/or your experiences while participating in this study, contact the Research Participant Complaint Line at the University of British Columbia Office of Research Ethics by email at RSIL@ors.ubc.ca or by phone at 604-822-8598 (Toll free: 1-877-822-8598). Please reference the study number (H19-03866) when calling so the Complaint Line staff can better assist you.
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