Impact of diet and physical activity on symptom of pulmonary Sarcoidosis.
Ethics Code: 1617/028
Thank you for considering being a participant in this project. Below you will find a short background to our work, and an outline of what you will be required to do as a participant in this study.
The aim of this study is to establish the effect of pulmonary Sarcoidosis on a patient’s diet and physical activity levels and the influence on their symptoms to establish any trends. Various recommendations are given to patients with pulmonary Sarcoidosis to help manage the disease, including a healthy lifestyle, such as following a healthy diet or being as physically active as you can.
Anecdotally, foods high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories have been suggested as an approach for managing the symptoms of sarcoidosis.
Alongside this, exercise and physical activity are frequently recommended alongside any pharmacological treatment to improve symptoms and the overall health status of an individual.
Physical activity has been defined as any body movement that works your muscles and requires more energy than resting, examples include walking, running, dancing, swimming, yoga, and gardening.
However current research into diet, exercise and Sarcoidosis is limited, therefore the aim of the current study is to establish physical activity and dietary patterns in pulmonary sarcoidosis.
Am I eligible to take part in the study?
You are eligible to take part in the study if you have been diagnosed with pulmonary sarcoidosis (this can be in addition to other forms of sarcoidosis and conditions) and over the age of 18 years.
What is expected of me?
The study comprises of two sections:
Section 1: Involves you completing an online electronic questionnaire comprised of validated surveys looking at physical activity, fatigue and symptoms.
The procedure involves completing an online survey that will take approximately 20 minutes. Your responses will be confidential and we do not collect identifying information such as your name, email address or IP address.
Section 2: Involves you completing a 7 day food and physical activity diary log.
You will be required to maintain your normal habitual lifestyle. You will then be asked to complete a food diary of what you consume on a daily basis for 4 days in a row, including timings, food types and quantity. Alongside this you will be required to log your physical activity (including length of time, type and intensity). This information will be collected via either a computer-based electronic file, or sent to you as a hardcopy, according to your preference.
You will be asked to provide your contact details at the end of the electronic questionnaire so that the researchers can send you the 7 day diary log with further instructions, please note, this information will not be saved / linked with your responses to the online survey to maintain anonymity and confidentiality.
What are the benefits of taking part?
The benefits of this study will not only add knowledge to the current body of research but also help identify future areas of relevant research that may have been overlooked before or lacked scientific support.
What are the risks of taking part?
No identified risks other than those of typical computer use. Risks associated with using display screen equipment e.g. PC, Laptops, include upper limb disorders, back ache, fatigue, stress and temporary eye strain or headaches. Ensure you are positioned correctly and the questionnaire will only take a maximum of 30 minutes to complete. However, take short pauses and breaks if necessary.
What if I have a question or a query?
We are happy to answer any queries that you may have regarding the study. In the event of having any health concerns, we will advise you to contact your GP for further screening and advice.
What if I decide to withdraw?
Participants are permitted to withdraw from the study at any time and data from them will not be used.
What about my Confidentiality?
Any information given to us by you will remain confidential and all data will be kept anonymous. All data will be coded and saved as encrypted password protected files on a PC. Results of testing and analysis along with age, gender, stature and mass will be recorded. Participants will remain anonymous throughout the research, including the publication of the research which may result in availability of the research at the University Learning Resources Centre, through scientific journals and conference presentation. Any hard copy versions will be kept in locked offices/cabinets of lead applicant.
The only personnel authorised to access the data will be the researcher, principle investigator and the project participants (their individual data only).
Link to the study – https://kingstonpcs.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7OtM9u2tT0eSKXj
If you have any questions or problems, please do not hesitate to contact the researchers or project supervisor:
Name of Researcher: Luke Morton-Holtham
Name of Supervisor: Dr Hannah Moir
Thank you for your time & contribution to this study.