How will my confidentiality be protected?

The information you provide in this study (including everything you enter into the Writing for Health program) will be kept confidential.

Only the Writing for Health researchers (Prof Kay Wilhelm, Joanna Crawford, A/Prof Judy Proudfoot and Therese Fletcher) and the St Vincent’s Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee (for monitoring purposes) will know whether you are participating in the study and will have access to your questionnaire responses.

No information from this study will be recorded in your medical file (if you have one) at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney.


How is information stored?

All information gathered through Writing for Health is stored on a secure server and is subject to all reasonable security measures. The Writing for Health program collects data on which pages were visited and the date and time that exercises were completed.  This is to help us understand how people use the program.

In datafiles kept by the Writing for Health research team at St Vincent’s Hospital,Sydney, information with personal details (eg name and email address) is stored separately from questionnaire responses and writings. You will be assigned an identification number for the datafile.

In any publications of the results of the Writing for Health research trial, only group data will be reported, and you not be identified.


Will my personal information be sent to others? 

Any identifiable information that is collected about you in connection with this study will remain confidential and will be disclosed only with your permission, or except as required by law.

If you are thought to be at serious and imminent risk of self-harm or harming another, then this information must be released to the appropriate authorities.


What happens with the results?

We plan to discuss/publish the results of in this study in a paper in a peer-reviewed journal and possibly a conference presentation. 

In any publication, information will be provided in such a way that you cannot be identified.

A summary of results of the study will be posted on the Writing for Health website when the study is finished.