Impact of COVID-19 on patients living with obesity including those accessing weight management & bariatric services

Patient Information Sheet

Main researcher: Dr Adrian Brown, (University College London) Email: a.c.brown@ucl.ac.uk.

Co-researchers: Professor Rachel Batterham (University College London); Dr Stuart Flint (University of Leeds); Dr Anastasia Kalea (University College London); Mark O'Kane (Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust); Dr Simon Williams (University of Wales Trinity St David)

UCL Data Protection Officer: Alex Potts; Email: a.potts@ucl.ac.uk.

This study has been approved by the UCL Research Ethics Committee: Project ID number: 16191.004

1. Invitation paragraph

We are contacting you to ask if you will take part in a survey exploring the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on patients with obesity accessing weight management and bariatric surgery services in the UK. The study has received full ethical approval from University College London (Ethics Approval Number). 

2. What is the purpose of the study?

This survey aims to explore the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on people with obesity including the reduced access to your clinical services, your perception, attitudes and actions towards the COVID-19 outbreak and impact of the way we are living our lives. Your information will improve our understanding and the support needed for people with obesity accessing weight management and bariatric surgery services during and after the pandemic. There are no right or wrong answers, we are simply interested in your thoughts. 

3. What will happen if I take part?

The survey is voluntary, totally anonymous and take approximately 18 minutes to complete. You will be asked basic demographic information following by questions looking at your opinions and views of how COVID-19 has impacted on you. Before you complete the survey, you have the right to withdraw your participation by simple stopping the survey. There are no penalties for withdrawing from the study. 

Due to the changing environment related to COVID-19 we will be repeating the survey to see how you are being impacted over time. Please use your unique identifier you create at the start of the survey to enable you to anonymously repeat follow-up surveys over the course of the COVID-19 outbreak. Keep this safe to allow you to do this.

4. What are the benefits of taking part?

Although there is no direct benefit from taking part in the study, completion of the survey is your opportunity to influence the understanding for the medical and surgical community to support and improve future decisions around providing accessibility to weight management and bariatric surgery services. 

5. What are the possible disadvantages of taking part?

There are no anticipated disadvantages but if you experience any problems or distressing emotions from answering the questions in this survey then please contact: Dr Adrian Brown who can offer you support or help you to find someone who can (details provided). 

6. Will my taking part in the study be kept confidential?

The survey is hosted by Opinio at University College London which is a secure survey tool. All the data will be stored on a secure password-protected university server at UCL, with each participant identified by a unique identifier, all data will by anonymous with no identifiable information being recorded. We will be collecting minimal demographic data (gender, age and ethnicity) which you will not be able to be identified from. The data is only accessible by the research team. Data will be held for a maximum period of 10 years after the completion of the research project, after which anonymous electronic data files will be deleted and destroyed. Please also do not provide identifiable information in the open-ended questions within the survey.

7. Dissemination of results

The finding of the study will be presented at multiple medical conferences and in a peer reviewed publication. 

8. What if I have any questions?

If you have any questions/queries regarding this study, then please feel free to contact Dr Adrian Brown (a.c.brown@ucl.ac.uk). If you have any concerns about the research or wish to make a complaint, please contact ethics@ucl.ac.uk

Thank you again for agreeing to take part in this important survey