Volunteer

Volunteering: Information and FAQs

If you think you would like to take part in this study, please contact the researcher by email: e.vaughan3@nuigalway.ie

Volunteers:

We are currently seeking volunteers to take part in this research study.

In order to be eligible to take part in the study all volunteers must:

What would taking part in this study involve?

If you decide to take part in the Stigma Study you will be given a participant information sheet which will explain the purpose, risks and benefits of the study.

If you are unsure about anything, Elena will be happy to answer any questions or queries you might have.

If you agree to take part you will also be asked to sign a consent form.

You should only consent to participation in this research study when you feel that you understand what is being asked of you, and you have had enough time to think over your decision.

If you decide to take part you are still free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason. A decision to withdraw at any time, or a decision not to take part, will not affect your rights in any way.

What does taking part involve and how long will it take?

Taking part in this research will involve you participating in a one-to-one interview with the researcher. The interview should last between 30 minutes and 1 hour. With your permission, the interview will be recorded and transcribed word for word. Your confidentiality is of utmost importance. Recordings and responses provided by you will only be available to the researcher and will be made anonymous. As such, no individual will be identifiable in any publications from this research.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

Taking part in this research will help the researcher gain an insight into some of the challenges experienced by people living with HIV in Ireland today as a result of their positive status.

By taking part in this research, you can help contribute towards creating an evidence base that may be used in the design of stigma reduction measures and in the creation of an evidence base that could advocate for improvements to policy and practice.

What are the possible risks of taking part?

There are no foreseeable risks attached to taking part in this research study. For some people, talking about experiences of stigma, rejection or discrimination may cause them to experience mild emotional distress. On the other hand, talking openly about these experiences can cause other people to experience a sense of relief and catharsis.

What happens at the end of the study?

At the end of this research the information will be analysed and interpreted. The results of the analysis will form part of the researcher’s PhD thesis. Throughout this process, confidentiality and anonymity will be a priority and no individual will be identifiable in publication or presentation.

What happens if I change my mind during the study?

You can change your mind about participating at any point during this study without disadvantage or penalty. If you withdraw any data related to you, such as interview recordings, will not be used and the data will be deleted/destroyed.

If you think you would like to take part in this study, please contact the researcher by email: e.vaughan3@nuigalway.ie