Survey on diabetic feet and mobile healthcare

Last updated: 01-24-2018

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Survey on diabetic feet and mobile healthcare

Dear potential participant,    You are being asked to consider participating in a research study about the role of mobile healthcare in monitoring diabetic feet.     Diabetes rates are on the rise in Canada and worldwide, and providing adequate monitoring of foot health will become more and more challenging for clinicians in the years to come. We are developing a remote foot health monitoring system, that will allow patients to self-monitor from home by taking pictures of their feet with a device fitted to their cell phone. We are interested in the views of clinicians regarding remote healthcare, and have designed this survey to better understand what the pros and cons of remote monitoring are perceived to be.   You should be aware that this research may help in the commercialization of a device for routine foot monitoring using mobile healthcare.  The lead investigator on this study (Dr. Karen Cross) is one of the founders of a small start-up company (MIMOSA Diagnostics) that is developing this device for eventual commercialization.  St. Michael's Hospital (SMH) also has shares in MIMOSA Diagnostics, and both Dr. Cross and SMH may eventually profit financially from this device.   This will take you approximately 3 minutes to complete. The survey asks you to tell us about how you feel about monitoring patients remotely.  All of the answers you give will be completely confidential and anonymous (your name or any other identifying information will not be connected to the survey).   The survey can be found here:  There are no known harms associated with participation in this study. There are also no direct benefits to you for participating in this study.   Participation is voluntary.  If a question is not applicable to you or you feel uncomfortable answering please complete them to the best of your ability. We would appreciate your responses to all questions, none of the individual questions are mandatory.  Your consent to participate in this study is demonstrated by your voluntary completion and submission of the survey. Due to the anonymous nature of the survey (e.g. there is no way to link your name to the responses), you cannot retract your survey once you have submitted your responses.    Completed surveys will be kept confidential. Access to the study data will be limited to the study investigators and their delegates, and the St. Michael’s Hospital (SMH) Research Ethics Board for the purposes of monitoring the study.   The results of this study may be presented at conferences, seminars or other public forums, and published in journals.   If you have any questions about the study, contact any of the investigators listed below.  If you have any questions regarding your rights as a research participant, you may contact the Chair of the St. Michael’s Hospital, Research Ethics Board at 416-864-6060 ext. 2557 during business hours.   Please keep a copy of this document for your records.   Sincerely, Karen Cross Principal Investigator                Department of Surgery, St. Michael’s Hospital 416-864-6060 x 3863             


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