Join a small research study about CKD patients online

Posted with permission from the Medical Education Institute.

My name is Kaitlin. I am a doctoral student studying how people look for information online and what they share about their health in online support groups. I have had chronic kidney disease (CKD) for 15 years, and I believe that this research will help other patients like us find and use health information.

I would like to ask you to join my research study. If you choose to join, I will interview you over the phone twice to ask you about how you use the Internet to look for and share information about kidney disease. Each phone call will take between 60 and 90 minutes. To thank you for your time, you will receive a $25 gift card after the second interview is finished. About 20 to 25 people will be in this study.

I have received permission from the site to post this message. I also have consent from the site to collect some of the posts on this forum for my research, starting with the site creation date and ending no later than June 2015. If you would prefer that I do not collect and analyze your posts, even if you are not speaking with me on the phone, please contact me at

If you do not take part in the study, your posts may be collected and analyzed if they appear in threads where participants have posted. However, nothing you have posted on this site will be quoted in any research products, and you will not be individually identifiable in any way.

To take part in this study or to request that your posts not be used please contact me by e-mail at

You must speak English and be a CKD patient to join the study. Also, you need to have been using this forum for at least one month.

In addition, you should be undergoing a transition in your health, like making the decision about what kind of dialysis you will choose, or being recently diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. If you feel that you are in a transition with your health, you are eligible to participate.

Because this research is not affiliated with a healthcare provider or hospital, there is no risk that you will lose access to care by joining this study.

The UNC Chapel Hill Institutional Review Board approved this study. If you have questions or concerns please contact them at 919-966-3113 or by e-mail at You can also e-mail my advisor, Dr. Barbara Wildemuth, at