Preamble and Consent

This survey is administered by Richard Piekarczyk-Vacca of the Faculty of Social Sciences at McMaster University. The purpose of the questionnaire is to collect information concerning medically released or medically releasing Regular Force personnel who were discharged due to invisible injuries. Such injuries are defined as physical or psychological insults to personal wellbeing. This includes, but is in no way limited to: post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, major depression or traumatic brain injury. The study is particularly interested in the reintegration process of released members and subsequent effects on their overal functioning within social interactions.

This questionnaire should take approximately 30 minutes to an hour to complete. Your answers will be kept strictly confidential. You are able to save responses in order to stop for a break, skip any questions that you feel uncomfortable answering or choose to quit the questionnaire by exiting at any time. If you choose to exit the questionnaire and do not submit your responses, your responses will not be saved and nothing will be collected.  While participating remains voluntary, your assistance is important to the integrity of the information collected here. Information gathered during this survey will be written up as part of an independent study that will act as a foundation for future research into this important area. This study is meant to assist in the future support of both medically releasing and released members, along with their families, friends and community. Your diligence and cooperation is very much appreciated, and I thank you in advance for your time and support.

To learn more about this questionaire and the study, particularly in terms of any associated risks or harms associated with the survey, withdrawal procedures, how confidentiality and anonymity will be handled, etc., please read the accompanying Letter of Information and Consent. This questionnaire is part of a study that has been reviewed and cleared by the McMaster Research Ethics Board (MREB). The MREB protocol number associated with this survey is MREB 2017 046.

Should you feel a need to speak to someone concerning any emotional distress, please consider calling one of these crisis centers. They are organized by province and availible 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. If you feel that your life is in immediate danger or know someone whose life is, IMMEDIATELY DIAL 911 FOR EMERGENCY.

Alberta Crisis Line: 403-266-4357
British Columbia Crisis Line: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
Manitoba Crisis Line: 1-877-435-7170
New Brunswick Crisis Line: 1-800-667-5005
Newfoundland and Labrador Crisis Line: 1-888-737-4668
Northwest Territories Crisis Line: 1-800-661-0844
Nova Scotia Crisis Line: 1-888-429-8167
Nunavut Crisis Line: 1-800-265-3333 (7 pm-11 pm [EST)
Ontario Crisis Line: 1-866-531-2600
Prince Edward Island Crisis Line: 1-800-218-2885
Quebec National Crisis Line: 1-866-277-3553
Saskatchewan Crisis Line: 1-306-525-5333
Yukon Crisis Line: 1-844-533-3030 (7 pm-12 am [PST)

You are free to complete this questionnaire or refuse to at any point. If you have any concerns or questions about your rights as a participant or about the way the study is being conducted, please contact:

  Piekarczyk-Vacca R.
  Telephone: 1-(905) 512-0138
  McMaster Research Ethics Secretariat
  Telephone: 1-(905) 525-9140 ext. 23142
  c/o Research Office for Administration, Development and Support (ROADS)
Consent to Participate
Having read the information above, I understand that by selecting “Yes" I am agreeing to take part in this study under the terms and conditions outlined in the accompanied letter of information and consent that is also available above.
Yes, I agree to participate
No, I do not agree to participate