Dear Johns Hopkins HIV provider, internal medicine resident or infectious disease/general medicine fellow,
I would like to request your participation in a research study that will involve 3 online knowledge surveys (delivered over the course of 6 months), a one-time online opinion survey, and a one-time focus group about the educational impact and acceptability among attending physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, infectious disease fellows, general medicine fellows, and internal medicine residents who care for patients with HIV either in: A) the outpatient settings of the Johns Hopkins health system B) while on the inpatient HIV service at the Johns Hopkins Hospital within the Johns Hopkins Health System C) at the Baltimore City Health Department.
The goal of this study is to help us develop an efficient and effective HIV decision support tool for HIV providers nationally. In order to do this we need to understand if the tool is user friendly, providing accurate information, and is providing education to its users. As a provider who takes care of patients with HIV in some capacity, your involvement in this study will be extremely helpful and important to us. For your records, the Principal Investigator of this study is Dr. Natasha Chida of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; the IRB application number is IRB00144237.
If you choose to participate in this study, you will be asked to use the decision support tool at your leisure over the course of 6 months. You will also be asked to complete an online knowledge survey before your first use of the tool, after 20 uses of the tool, and at the end of your involvement in the study (after you have been in the study for 6 months). The knowledge survey is user-friendly and you should be able to complete it approximately 15 minutes. You will also be asked to complete an online opinion survey about your experience using the tool at the end of your involvement in the study (6 months after enrollment), and will be invited to participate in a focus group about your experience using the tool at the same time. As a token of our appreciation for your time you will receive an email with a $10 gift code to Amazon.com 24-48 hours after completing the study.
Your participation in this study is completely voluntary, and your responses to the quantitative survey and focus group will be anonymous. When you begin using the tool you will be asked to register and provide your name and some demographic information about how many patients you see a week, your level of training, etc. The tool also the decision support outputs that are provided when the tool is used. Only the study members will be able to view these outputs. In addition, a report of this study is made available to the public will not include your name or any other identifiable information. In addition, no information other than the overall study results will be shared with your Division director, clinical director, fellowship program director, or residency program director(s), and your participation will not affect your standing in any way. If you have questions you can contact the primary researcher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you wish to participate, please select "Yes, I agree to participate." Selecting that you agree to participate in the study will serve as your consent to participate. Please note that you can also choose to use the tool and not participate in the study. If you do not want to participate OR use the tool, please do not select "Yes, I agree to participate."
Thank you in advance for participating!