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Assessing the Quality of Online Cancer Community Forums

Help us understand better how you perceive the quality of the Online Cancer Community Forum


Welcome! Thanks for your interest in this survey. 

Participant Information and Consent Form

Name of Project: Assessing the Quality of the Online Cancer Community Forum

You are invited to participate in a study relating to how you perceive the quality of the online cancer community forum when seeking information and support for cancer. The purpose of the study is to understand how the quality of the online forum affects psychosocial outcomes and intentions to continue to use the forum. That is, we want to explore the impact of the perceived quality of the Online Cancer Community Forum on continuance usage intentions, health- information competence, coping, and self-care behaviour.

This study is being conducted by Basma Badreddine, +61 403 499 425, to meet the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) under the supervision of the Dr Ali Amrollahi, +61 (2) 9850 9269,, of the Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance, Macquarie Business School, and Associate Professor Yvette Blount, +61 412 146 102, of the Department of Management, Deakin Business School. 

This questionnaire will take about 15-20 minutes of your time. If you decide to participate, you will be asked to answer questions about how you perceive the quality of the Online Cancer Community Forum and the impact on psychosocial outcomes.

Your participation in this survey is entirely voluntary and anonymous. Participants cannot be identified. All information collected will remain strictly confidential and will only be used for the purpose of advancing knowledge. At any time, during or after filling out the survey, if you feel distressed you can refer to the Support Services staff for support. Support services details are provided below.

Thank you in advance for your contribution to this important project.


Your participation in this research will be to complete this questionnaire. Although the answers to each question are important for research, you remain free to choose not to answer any of them or to terminate your participation at any time, without having to justify yourself. The collected data will be stored in encrypted files that will be protected by a password that only researchers will have access to. Personal data will be destroyed five (5) years after the end of the project.

Please check the box indicating that you have read the above information. You freely agree to participate in this research project and agree that the data be kept in a confidential database under the above conditions.

For any enquiries about the study, you can refer to any of the following:

  • Basma Badreddine, PhD candidate, Macquarie University Business School:
  • Dr Ali Amrollahi, Department of Accounting & Corporate Governance and Centre for Workforce Futures, Macquarie University Business School:
  • Associate Professor Yvette Blount, Department of Management, Deakin Business School:

The ethical aspects of this study have been approved by the Macquarie University Human Research Ethics Committee. If you have any complaints or reservations about any ethical aspect of your participation in this research, you may contact the Committee through the Director, Research Ethics & Integrity (telephone (02) 9850 7854; email Any complaint you make will be treated in confidence and investigated, and you will be informed of the outcome.