An international survey of stakeholders in a clinical guideline on venous leg ulcer prevention and management

About this Survey

Wounds Australia, New Zealand Wound Care Society, Wound Healing Society of Singapore and Hong Kong Enterostomal Therapists Association are undertaking preliminary work for developing the next edition of the Pan Pacific Clinical Practice Guideline for the Prevention and Management of Venous Leg Ulcers (working title). As a part of the first phase of the development, the Pan Pacific Venous Leg Ulcer Guideline Committee are seeking stakeholder feedback.

Who is undertaking the research?

  • The study is being conducted by the Pan Pacific Venous Leg Ulcer Guideline Committee.
  • This research project is funded by Wounds Australia, New Zealand Wound Care Society, Wound Healing Society of Singapore and Hong Kong Enterostomal Therapists Association.

Why am I being asked to take part and what will I have to do?

You are being invited to participate if you are a stakeholder. Stakeholders include:

  • Person with or at risk of a venous leg ulcer (VLU) or lower leg ulcer
  • Informal caregiver (e.g. partner, family member, whānau, friend, neighbour, etc.) of a person with or at risk of a venous leg ulcer (VLU) or lower leg ulcer
  • A health professional preventing or managing VLUs
  • An educator or researcher interested in VLUs
  • A professional consumer or industry representative

You are being invited to participate in this anonymous survey. This survey is designed to collect information about stakeholder opinions on the content of the next guideline version. The survey will ask about:

  • Simple, non-identifiable information about you
  • What you use the guideline for
  • Questions you would like answered in the guideline
  • Things that are important to you to achieve from a treatment for preventing or treating a VLU (clinical outcomes)

The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. There will be no cost to you for taking part in this research and you will not be paid for taking part. You are free to stop the survey at any time. To clear the responses from your web browser you must press "Cancel" and then "OK" on the confirmation button (your responses will not be saved), OR click "Submit". Once you select to submit your survey responses, your responses are submitted anonymously and you are unable to withdraw them.

Are there any benefits to being in the research project?

  • Your responses will be used to plan a clinical practice guideline for preventing and treating VLUs. The survey results will help decide the clinical questions to answer in the guideline, and the research to include in the guideline.
  • Your responses will help plan information to provide when the guideline is made available (additional resources).

Are there any risks, side-effects, discomforts or inconveniences from being in the research project?

  • There are no foreseeable significant risks for participants from this research project.
  • Some people might feel very slight discomfort thinking about their experience of a wound.

Who will have access to my information?

  • The information collected in this research is not identifiable. This means that all responses are anonymous. It is impossible to know what you respond because you will not be asked your name or identifiable details.
  • The results of this research will be used in to develop a clinical guideline. The information may also be presented at conferences or published in professional journals.
  • Only the software technician and primary researcher will have access to the individual responses, which cannot be traced to any individual person. Responses will be aggregated for use in the guideline development and any publications.
  • The information we collect will be stored for 7 years on the Curtin Research (R) drive after which it will be destroyed.

Has the study been approved by a Research Ethics Committee?

In Australia, Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HRE2022-0394). If you prefer to discuss any matters concerning the conduct of the study or your rights as a participant, or you wish to make a confidential complaint, you may contact the Ethics Officer on (08) 9266 9223 or the Manager, Research Integrity on (08) 9266 7093 or email hrec@curtin.edu.au.

In New Zealand, this study has been approved by the University of Otago Human Ethics Committee (Health). If you have any concerns about the ethical conduct of the research you may contact the Committee through the Human Ethics Committee Administrator (phone +64 3 479 8256 or email gary.witte@otago.ac.nz). Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated, and you will be informed of the outcome.

Researchers

The research team and contacts should you wish to discuss the study as below:

  • Emily Haesler, Adjunct Professor, Curtin University, Australia; Guideline Project Methodologist (Emily.Haesler@curtin.edu.au)
  • Judith Barker, VLUG committee Chair and Wounds Australia VLUG Committee member (Judith.Barker@act.gov.au)
  • Mandy Pagan, New Zealand Wound Care Society VLUG Committeee member (Amanda.Pagan@southerndhb.govt.nz)
  • Sivagame Maniya, Wound Healing Society of Singapore VLUG Committee member
  • Pang Chak Hau, Hong Kong Enterostomal Therapists Association VLUG Committee member
  • Keryln Carville, Professor, Silver Chain and Curtin University; Wounds Australia VLUG Committee member
  • Cathy Hammond, New Zealand Wound Care Society VLUG Committee member
  • Pang Yuk Kam, Hong Kong Enterostomal Therapists Association VLUG Committee member

What happens next?

If you are happy to participate in the survey confirm:

  • I have read the information above and I understand its contents.
  • I voluntarily consent to take part in the survey.
  • I understand I can withdraw from the survey by clicking the cancel button.
  • I understand I cannot withdraw my responses after I press submit.
  • I understand that my non-identifiable responses will be compiled with other responses
  • I understand I can contact the researchers to ask questions.
  • I understand that this survey has been approved by Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HRE2022-0394) and will be carried out in line with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007).

I consent to compilation of my survey responses with other stakeholder responses and understand that my individual responses are non-identifiable.