OLIVE Study: A Five-Year Longitudinal Study of Psychosocial and Treatment Factors Associated with Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder

Letter of Information

INVESTIGATORS:

Robyn Jackowich MSc, & Caroline F. Pukall, PhD
Department of Psychology, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada

PURPOSE OF THE STUDY
You are invited to participate in a study investigating changes in persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD) symptoms over time, and the factors related to these changes. This study will examine differences in PGAD symptoms, mood, sexual functioning, and general health at six time-points over the course of five years.

ELIGIBILITY
In order to participate, you must be able to read and write fluently in English and be 18 years of age or older. In addition, you must currently experience symptoms of persistent genital arousal disorder.

STUDY PROCEDURES
Your participation in this study is voluntary and you are free to withdraw at any time without any penalty. Should you choose to participate, you will be asked to complete six surveys at the following time points outlined below. Please note the first survey will be the longest, as it will include questions about your background information, and the subsequent surveys will be shorter.

Study time points:

The first survey you will complete today (approximately 45 minutes)
6-month survey (approximately 20-30 minutes)
1-year survey (approximately 20-30 minutes)
2-year survey (approximately 10-15 minutes)
3-year survey (approximately 10-15 minutes)
5-year survey (approximately 10-15 minutes)

The online survey contains questionnaires asking about sociodemographic information (e.g., age, gender), symptom experiences, treatments you have undertaken for PGAD, how you cope with your symptoms, and psychosocial variables such as depression, anxiety, and distress. Members of the research team will be available by phone (1-613-533-3200 or 1-855-433-3276 toll-free in Canada) and email (shrl@queensu.ca) to answer any questions that you may have about the survey and/or the study.

COMPENSATION:
To thank you for your time and participation in the study, upon completing each of the six surveys you will receive compensation and have the opportunity to choose to be entered into a draw to win an Amazon gift card.

First questionnaire: prize draw for one of four $50 (CAD) Amazon gift cards.
Second questionnaire (6-months): $30 (CAD) Amazon gift card and a prize draw for one of four $100 (CAD) Amazon gift cards.
Third questionnaire (1-year): $35 (CAD) Amazon gift card and a prize draw for one of four $100 (CAD) Amazon gift cards.
Fourth questionnaire (2-year): $40 (CAD) Amazon gift card and a prize draw for one of four $100 (CAD) Amazon gift cards.
Fifth questionnaire (3-year): $45 (CAD) Amazon gift card and a prize draw for one of four $100 (CAD) Amazon gift cards.
Final questionnaire (5-year): $50 (CAD) Amazon gift card and a prize draw for one of four $100 (CAD) Amazon gift cards.

On completion of the survey, to receive compensation and if you wish to enter your email address into the prize draw, you will be directed to a separate survey link to enter this information in order to ensure that your email is kept separate from your survey responses.

BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATION:
You will not experience any direct benefits from participating in this study. The results from this study may advance our understanding of how PGAD symptoms change over time, what factors improve symptoms and associated well-being, and help to identify and develop future treatment interventions.

RISKS OF PARTICIPATION:
There are no known physical or economic risks from participating in this study. Some of the questions asked in the questionnaires cover sensitive topics, such as sexual functioning and psychological well-being. As such, you may experience some discomfort answering some of the items. You are not required to answer any questions that you feel uncomfortable answering, and each question will include a ‘decline response’ option. You may also withdraw from the study at any time. If you experience distress from answering some of the questions, we provide you (and all participants) with a link to our website (www.sexlab.ca) that has contact information for various mental and sexual health agencies in the debriefing form at the end of each survey package.

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