Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the study last?
Your involvement in the study will last no longer than the time required to complete the questionnaire and the scheduled colonoscopy. There are no additional study related activities after your questionnaire and colonoscopy. If you would like to participate in future studies, you can indicate this in your consent form. Future contact is not necessary to participate in this study.
What happens if I decide not to take part in the study?
Participation in the study is voluntary. You do not need to take part in order to receive care at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. Your current and future care will not be affected if you decide not to participate.
Can I only fill out the questionnaire without giving the biopsies and blood?
Yes, the whole study is voluntary. There are two parts, one which is the questionnaire, and two, the 10 additional biopsies during your routine colonoscopy. The questionnaire can be completed while you wait for your doctor, and you can choose to only complete the questionnaire and opt out of the additional biopsies and vial of blood.
Can I withdraw my consent at anytime?
Yes, you can withdraw your consent at anytime, as long as you let one of the I3 team members know. The main people to contact for this is the research coordinator and assistant. In addition, right before your routine colonoscopy, if you chose to participate in the 10 additional biopsies and giving the one vial of blood, one of the I3 team members will come down and refresh your memory on what you had signed up for, and give you another chance to opt out. At that point you can choose to change your mind, or give the biopsies and the blood.
Will I be paid?
No payment will be given to volunteers of this study. However, there may be compensation for associated studies, for more information, please visit our "Associated Studies" page.
Will I have to pay more for the study?
No, all the costs for the additional biopsies and the one vial of blood is taken care by the I3 team.
How will my records and data be kept safe?
The I3 study uses a patient de-identification system in which all the answers of a questionnaire is associated with a number rather than a name. Your data will only be recognized by a number, so your answers are safe.
What will be done to my samples?
Your samples will be put into a bio bank which is completely de-identified, which means that the samples will not be able to be traced back to you by name. The samples will then be analyzed and compared to draw conclusions on inflammatory bowel disease. Different allergens will be tested on the samples to see how they will react.
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