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Cross-cultural comparisons of health information seeking and ehealth/mhealth usage and preferance

Cross-cultural comparisons of health information seeking and ehealth /mhealth usage and preference


Researcher: Liling Liu                                                                   Ethics number: 14098


Please read this information carefully before proceeding to participate in this research


What is the research about?

The aim of this study is to find out where people in the UK and China get health information from. We are also interested in finding out what people in the UK and China think about using the internet and mobile phone apps for finding out health information.


Why have I been chosen?

We are interested in the views of university students and young adults.


What will happen to me if I take part?

In this study you will be required to take part in an online questionnaire which will last 15-20 minutes. All responses will be anonymous.


Are there any benefits in my taking part?

There may be no benefit to the individual, but a contribution to health information seeking area perhaps, or you can get the knowledge and findings of this study if you are interested about it. University of Southampton undergraduate students undertaking psychological modules will receive 1 Participation credit.


Are there any risks involved?

There are no apparent risks to taking part in this study.


Will my participation be confidential?

The data we collect will be completely anonymous and there will be no identifying details to relate you to your questionnaire. The information we record will be stored securely on a password protected computer and your results will be data coded so they will in no way relate back to you.


What happens if I change my mind?

Your participation is completely voluntary. You may stop the questionnaire at any time without having to provide a reason. If you wish to withdraw after completing the questionnaire, you may contact the study team with your ID number to have your data removed.


What happens if something goes wrong?

If you have question about yours rights as a participant in this research project, or if you feel that your rights have been violated, then you can contact the Chair of the Ethics Committee, Department of Psychology, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ. Phone: +44 2380593856, email:


Where can I get more information?

If you have any question about this study or requiring more information about this study, you can contact me at



Statement of Consent

I have read and understood the information about this study.  In consenting, I understand that my legal rights are not affected. I also understand that data collected as part of this research will be kept confidential and that published results will maintain that confidentiality. I finally understand that if I have any questions about my rights as a participant in this research, or if I feel that I have been placed at risk, I may contact the chair of the Ethics Committee, Psychology, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK. Phone: +44 (0) 2380 593856, email:

I certify that I am 18 years or older. I have read the above consent form and I give consent to participate in the above described research.