TERMS OF USE FOR ACTIVE MATCH & INFORMED CONSENT

These terms are effective January 12th, 2015.

Please read the following terms and conditions carefully. If you do not agree to these terms and conditions, please do not proceed to register.

By using this website, you agree to the terms and conditions of Active Match.

CONDUCT

You agree to use ActiveMatch in accordance with the following Code of Conduct:

  1. You will keep all information provided to you as private and confidential and will not give such information to anyone without the permission of the person who provided it to you;
  2. Your account is private and should not be used by anyone else. You will keep your account password secure and will not share it with others.
  3. You will use the ActiveMatch website and services with respect to those women who are also registered users. You will not use the ActiveMatch website to engage in any form of harassment or offensive behaviour (e.g., posting slanderous, abusive or defamatory statements, or use of racist, obscene, or offensive language, or posting pornographic images). This website will also not be used to distribute messages or photos that violate plagiarism, copyright or trademark law;
  4. You will not use the Service to distribute, promote or otherwise publish any material containing any solicitation for funds, advertising or solicitation for goods or services;
  5. You will not forward chain letters or spam mail through the messaging section of ActiveMatch, and you will not distribute or upload any virus or other harmful actions to ActiveMatch or it’s members.
  6. You agree that you are at least 18 years old, and that you have been diagnosed and treated for cancer;
  7. You agree to engage in exercise at your own risk. If you have any questions or concerns about engaging in exercise given your health and conditions, please see a Doctor prior to starting or changing an exercise program

We reserve the right to monitor messages, photos, and profile content to ensure that they conform to the code of conduct. If we find any such information that we deem to violate the code of conduct, your profile will not be approved and you will not be able to search for and match with other exercise partners. Also, your profile may be suspended if any information that violates the code of conduct is added at any time during use of ActiveMatch.

The use of ActiveMatch may also be part of a research study. Please read below for the research study description and consent.

INFORMATION AND CONSENT

Title of the study: Connecting peers in motion: A dyadic lifestyle activity intervention for women diagnosed with cancer

Principal investigator: Dr. Catherine Sabiston, PhD, Associate professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto. Contact information: (416) 978-5837.

Co-investigators: Dr. Katherine Tamminen, PhD, Assistant professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto; Kelly Arbor-Nicitopolous, Assistant professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto; Steven Amireault, post-doctoral fellow, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto.

Sponsor: This study is being funded by the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute.

BACKGROUND:

Increasing physical activity and limiting sitting time are lifestyle strategies that can improve women’s mental and physical health after a cancer diagnosis. Unfortunately, few cancer survivors, and in particular women, are physically active enough for health benefits and most women sit too much. A common reason for not exercising is “no one to exercise with” or “no one to help or support me”. This research is focused on addressing this particular reason by creating a system that matches women with their ideal exercise partner (similar to an online dating protocol, called ActiveMatch) and then evaluating if being partnered with another woman helps to increase physical activity and reduce sitting time. We are also testing if the online match-making tool is sufficient for changing physical activity and sitting time, or if women would do better with added exercise counseling delivered by telephone.

PURPOSE OF THE STUDY:

This study looks at change in physical activity, sedentary behaviour, social support, and connectedness over time for women using the ActiveMatch website; and evaluates the program.

STUDY PROCEDURES:

Should you decide to participate, you will be randomly placed into one of the two groups. Once you are matched with another woman, you may be asked to take part in 8 telephone sessions that will go over tips on how to become more active and less sedentary as well as working through materials provided online. Or, you and your exercise partner may just be asked to work through the materials provided on the website. If you are in the group who does not receive the telephone sessions, you will be offered this training when the study is over.

If you are part of the group of women who receives the telephone sessions, you and your exercise partner will participate in eight weekly telephone meetings with an exercise specialist and four practice weeks. Telephone meetings will last bettween 20 to 30 minutes. The topics of these sessions include: establishing goals for increasing physical activity and decreasing sedentary behaviours, ,monitoring your own physical activity and sedentary behaviours, finding solutions to overcome barriers to lifestyle activity, and planning when, where, how to implement your goals . You will also have access to all information on the ActiveMatch website.

If you are part of the “online tool only” group, you and your exercise partner will have access to all information on the ActiveMatch website, with no telephone meetings. The information provided covers the same topics as those presented by telephone to the other group of women, and includes: establishing goals for increasing physical activity and decreasing sedentary behaviours, ,monitoring your own physical activity and sedentary behaviours, finding solutions to overcome barriers to lifestyle activity, and planning when, where, how to implement your goals. At the end of the main study period (24 weeks after you start) you will be offered the telephone counseling intervention.

Regardless of the group you are in, you will be required to complete a short 15 to 20 minutes survey with questions on physical activity, social support, and connectedness. No medical questions, other than type of cancer, date of diagnosis, and treatments endured, will be collected. All measures will be collected at the beginning of the study, at 12 weeks, and at 18 and 24 weeks. The questionnaire can be completed online using a secure webtool or can be mailed to your home. At the end of the study, you may also be asked to participate in one telephone interview where you will comment on your satisfaction regarding the program and provide insight into any improvement the progam may need. The interview will be held approximately 24 weeks after you start the study. The interview will be audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. The total time commitment for this interview will be approximately 30-45 minutes and the questions will be about your experience of the ActiveMatch website, engagement in physical activity with your peer, and overall satisfaction with the program.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS

Possible benefits include learning tips on how to be more active and less sedentary, and being matched with at least one other woman who may offer exercise support. You are also taking part in an innovative tool to help women diagnosed with cancer to find exercise partner(s) and engage in physical activity. Your participation may help other women with cancer in the future as we test this matching protocol, improve on it, and offer it to women seeking this type of support.

At the end of the study, we will mail you a summary of the study results. This summary will also be available on Dr. Sabiston’s University of Toronto website (http://www.physical.utoronto.ca/health-behaviour-and-emotion-lab).

POTENTIAL RISKS AND/OR DISCOMFORTS:

Participation in physical activity is associated with an increased risk of musculoskeletal injury; however, the benefits of physical activity far outweigh the risks in most adults. Some of the questions in the survey or the interview may spark negative feelings. You may refuse to answer questions or stop participating at any time if you experience any discomfort. If you experience physical or emotional harm, you will be directed to appropriate services at the University of Toronto, a local wellness center, or the attending doctor(s) at a local hospital. Please note that if you discuss actual or potential/planned harm to yourself or someone else, it is our duty to report this behaviour or intent to appropriate personnel.

COMPENSATION:

Participation in this study will not involve any additional costs to you. You will also be provided with a summary report of the study’s findings as compensation for participating in this study.

CONFIDENTIALITY:

Your confidentiality is maintained in all written documents throughout the study. Your name will not be used in the transcription of the data nor in any written documents. The principal investigator of the study (Dr. Catherine Sabiston) will keep all information that is collected for the study in a locked and secure area for 5 years. Only your study ID number will be used, and the list that links your name to your code will be kept locked and secured at all times. Once recordings of the telephone-based interview have been transcribed, the audiotapes will be destroyed. All of your answers will remain confidential. All identifying information will be deleted from the transcripts so that they are anonymous. You will be identified with a study number only. No names or identifying information will be used in any publication or presentations. No information identifying you will be transferred to anyone besides the investigators in this study. The information collected during this study will be destroyed securely 5 years after the end of the study is complete.

The results from this study may be published and presented at scientific conferences, however your identity will not be revealed in the combined results. By providing consent, you give us permission to use your data in the preparation of published articles and research presentations.

VOLUNTARY PARTICIPATION AND/OR WITHDRAWAL:

Your participation in this study is strictly voluntary. You may refuse to participate or you may discontinue your participation at any time without explanation, and without penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled. If you decide not to participate, or if you discontinue your participation, you will suffer no prejudice regarding medical care or your participation in any other research studies. You will be informed of any new findings that may affect your willingness to continue your participation.

Your data will be destroyed if you request this at any point up to the anonymizing of the data and completion of the analysis. No new information about you will be collected without your permission.

STUDY RECORDS RETENTION POLICY:

For security purposes, especially to be able to communicate with you rapidly, your family name, first name, and coordinates will be stored for five years after the completion of the study separately from any completed questionnaires and consent forms. After this time, the lead researcher will destroy your data.

QUESTIONS AND CONTACT INFORMATION:

If you have any questions concerning the procedures of this study or desire further information please contact Dr. Catherine Sabiston by telephone: 416.978.5837 or email: catherine.sabiston@utoronto.ca. If you have any questions about the treatment or rights of research participants, you may anonymously contact the Office of Research Ethics at ethics.review@utoronto.ca or 416-946-3273.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST:

There are no conflicts of interest to declare related to this study.

DECLARATION OF CONSENT

I have read the content of this consent form, and I agree to participate in this research study. I have had the opportunity to ask questions and all my questions have been answered to my satisfaction. I have been given sufficient time to consider the above information and to seek advice if I choose to do so. I can print this consent form for my records or ask for a copy at any time.

By completing a profile, I agree to take part in this study according to the conditions set in this Information and Consent Form. I am providing consent for my participation. I am aware that I will be emailed a survey (along with this consent form) following my registration on ActiveMatch.