Activate an optimized version of the page designed specifically for screen readers.

Informed Consent 
An exploratory study of the factors impacting health information orientation


Please read this consent document carefully before you decide to participate in this study.


Purpose of the research study:


This study is conducted by Yulia A. Strekalova, a PhD student in health communication at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. The purpose of this study is to survey internet users and examine the factors that affect health information engagement.


What you will be asked to do in the study:


You will participate in an online survey, which will take about 15-20 minutes to complete. The survey includes questions about the sources that you prefer to use to search for health information. Other survey questions will address your experience with exposure to health information (for example, if you feel overwhelmed by the amount of information available, or if you review information multiple times before making a decision). We will also ask some basic demographic information.


Risks and benefits:


There are no anticipated risks associated with this study. You can skip any question or withdraw from the survey altogether. If you decide to quit at any time before you have finished the survey, your answers will NOT be recorded.

You will be contributing to knowledge about health information orientation and the health information available on the Internet. After we have finished data collection, we will provide you with more detailed information about the purposes of the study and the research findings, if you wish.

Although there is no direct benefit to you for participating in the study, the information that you will share will help in future health communication research.




Your responses will be kept completely confidential.


This survey is anonymous but you may choose to provide your contact information for participation in future studies. Your identity will be kept confidential to the extent provided by law. If you provide your contact information, it will be kept in a locked file in my faculty supervisor's office. Your name will not be used in any report. Any contact information you provide will be destroyed after 24 months.


Voluntary participation:


Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. There is no penalty for not participating. There is no compensation to you for participating in the study


Right to withdraw from the study:


You have the right to withdraw from the survey at any time without consequence.


Whom to contact if you have questions about the study:


Yulia Strekalova, MBA, Division of Graduate Studies and Research, UF College of Journalism, University of Florida, 2016 Weimer Hall, POB 118400, Gainesville, FL 32610; yulias [at] ufl . edu. You can also ready Dr. Kim Walsh-Childers, who oversees this project, at 3044 Weimer Hall, POB 118400, Gainesville, FL 32610; kwchilders [at] jou. ufl . edu.


Whom to contact about your rights as a research participant in the study:


IRB02 Office, Box 112250, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-2250; phone 392-0433.


How the findings will be used:


The results of the study will be used for scholarly purposes only. The results from the study will be presented in educational settings and at professional conferences, and the results might be published in a professional journal in the field of communication.




By beginning the survey, you acknowledge that you have read this information and agree to participate in this research, with the knowledge that you are free to withdraw your participation at any time without penalty.

© University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611

Terms of Use

Survey Powered By Qualtrics