Participant Information

Promoting Uptake and Effectiveness of an Online Brief Intervention: 'Check Yourself'


Research Investigator:

Cameron Wild (PhD)
School of Public Health
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB, T6G 1C9


Project Background

We are asking you to take part in Dr. T Cameron Wild’s research project, "Promoting Uptake and Effectiveness of an Online Brief Intervention: 'Check Yourself'". Through this research project, the "Check Yourself” tool is available to all University of Alberta (UA) students. "Check Yourself”, is an easy way to learn about yourself and your drinking.  The tool will ask you a series of questions and give you a personalized report based on your answers. Your participation in this project is voluntary and anonymous.


Why are we doing this study?

We have provided the "Check Yourself” tool to UA students as a resource you can use to learn more about your own alcohol use and find tips to drink in a safer way.  We will use your answers on "Check Yourself” to help us learn more about alcohol use among UA students.


What to expect

The tool takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete. It is up to you to decide whether to take part in the research project. If you decide not to participate in the research project, you can still use the "Check Yourself” tool! You can skip any questions that you wish and there will be no penalties if you choose to not take part or stop answering questions.


Potential Risks & Benefits

The information we collect from doing this research project will help us to improve the ways in which we promote the "Check Yourself” tool at the University of Alberta. 

Some people might feel uncomfortable answering questions about their alcohol use. We will provide you with information and resources about where to go for help. This information is available here and on the personalized feedback report at the end of the tool. There may be no direct benefit to you for taking part in the research project.


Confidentiality & Anonymity

All of your information is anonymous and confidential. We will not be able to link the information we collect to your student records. We will not ask you for your name or any identifying information. We will keep your answers on a secure, password protected online server and, on a password, protected drive.

As required by the University of Alberta Research Ethics Board protocol, we will keep all data in a secure place for a minimum of 5 years.

If you do not want to continue or wish to withdraw from the study, you can close your browser at any time before you submit your survey.


More Information

If you have any questions or concerns about the project, please do not hesitate to contact Gaju Karekezi, the project coordinator: karekezi@ualberta.ca or 780-492-1695.

The Research Ethics Board at the University of Alberta has reviewed the plan for this study for its adherence to ethical guidelines. For questions regarding participant rights and ethical conduct of research, contact the Research Ethics Office at (780) 492-2615.


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