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Integrating brief behaviour change interventions into routine care: a questionnaire study of students’ views of the Making Every Contact Count Initiative.

This research study aims to explore Irish college students' perspectives towards health behaviour change through brief interventions as part of the Making Every Contact Count Initiative.


My name is Lauren Byrne and I am a final year student of the undergraduate Denominated Psychology programme in NUIG. I am working under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer McSharry. I have a keen interest in health behaviour promotion and change, and this research study is intended to analyse students’ views of the newly introduced Making Every Contact Count Initiative (MECC).

You are invited to take part in a research study. Before you decide, it is important that you understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. This Participant Information sheet tells you about the purpose, risks and benefits of this research study. If you agree to take part, you will be asked to sign a consent form. If there is anything that you are not clear about, we will be happy to explain it to you. Please take as much time as you need to read this information. You should only consent to participate in this research study when you feel you understand what is being asked of you, and you have had enough time to think about your decision. Thank you for reading this.


Participant Information Sheet


Purpose of the Study

This study is an online survey which is concerned with the HSE’s Making Every Contact Count (MECC) initiative. The aim of MECC is chronic disease prevention through interventions in routine care. This study aims to explore students' attitudes and views towards MECC.


Taking part

This study requires you to read and answer three short questionnaires which measure self-efficacy; secondly your alcohol consumption, tobacco use, physical activity and body weight. The third questionnaire will measure your view towards MECC.

It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. All data is anonymous, as no personal/identifying information is collected. If you do decide to take part you will be asked to complete an online Consent Form. If you decide to take part you are still free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason. A decision to withdraw at any time, or a decision not to take part, will not affect your rights in any way. If you take part you will be required to answer three short questionnaires. First and second year undergraduate Psychology students will receive Sona credits for participation. 

It will take approximately 20 minutes to complete the study. There are no time restrictions on survey completion once it has been opened.


What are the possible benefits of taking part?

There are no direct benefits to participants. Participants may learn more about the MECC programme.


What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?

There are no foreseeable risks attached to taking part. However, parts of the survey may be perceived as mildly to moderately stressful to some participants; e.g. if they are struggling with weight loss. If this happens, participants are welcome to take a break and/or withdraw from the study. Support numbers will be provided below. These supports include contact details for the NUIG counselling service, support details for tobacco use, alcohol consumption, physical activity and body weight.


What happens at the end of the study?

When all participants have taken part, (this should be within 6-8 months of your participation), if you provide your contact details, you can request a summary of the main findings. While it could be up to 2 years before final results are published, we would be pleased to include you on an address list to receive publications arising from the study. Only general findings will be reported, without reference to identifiable individual results.


Who do I contact for more information or if I have further concerns?

You may contact myself (the researcher), Lauren Byrne, via email – l.byrne27@nuigalway.ie for general questions about the study.

In addition, if you have any concerns about this study and wish to contact someone in confidence, you may contact: The Head of School (Dr. John Bogue), School of Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway at john.bogue@nuigalway.ie or 091493266.


Support services available if you wish to seek out support for any of the issues discussed in the study:

NUIG Counselling service: counselling@nuigalway.ie / 091 492484

Tobacco use support: www.quit.ie / 1800 201 203

Alcohol consumption support: www.askaboutalcohol.ie / 1800 459 459

Physical activity support: www.getirelandactive.ie

Body weight support: www.hse.ie/healthyeatingactiveliving / www.hse.ie/selfmanagementsupport


Those participating who are not students of NUIG are urged to contact their own college/university's health unit, counselling services or general practitioner if this study has raised any health concerns.

There are 18 questions in this survey.
This survey is anonymous.

The record of your survey responses does not contain any identifying information about you, unless a specific survey question explicitly asked for it.

If you used an identifying token to access this survey, please rest assured that this token will not be stored together with your responses. It is managed in a separate database and will only be updated to indicate whether you did (or did not) complete this survey. There is no way of matching identification tokens with survey responses.

By giving your consent to participate in this study, you are agreeing that:

1) You have read and understand the participant information sheet.

2) Are 18 years old or over.

3) That you are participating voluntarily and can withdraw at any time without your rights being affected.

To continue, please tick the consent box below.