Epidemiological Survey of Acoustic Neuroma: An Identification of Risk Factors in the United States
You are being invited to participate in a research study titled “Epidemiological Survey of Acoustic Neuroma: An Identification of Risk Factors in the United States.” This study is being conducted by Jeffrey Bernstein, BA, Omid Moshtaghi, MD, Kareem Tawfik, MD, and Rick Friedman, MD, PhD, from the University of California – San Diego (UCSD).
As you may be aware, Acoustic Neuroma, or Vestibular Schwannoma, is a benign type of brain tumor. As scientists and doctors, we want to better understand which lifestyle factors – if any – play a role in allowing Acoustic Neuromas to develop. Additionally, if you have a history of this condition, we are interested in learning more about your experience.
Participation in this study is entirely voluntary and involves only the completion of an online questionnaire. The questionnaire will take up to approximately 30 minutes to complete, and must be completed in one sitting. This questionnaire will ask about your medical history (including symptoms of acoustic neuroma; diagnoses of: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, asthma, allergies, exzema, hay fever; prior treatments for cancer; prior medical imaging or radiation exposure), places where you have lived, your work, and your habits. Your responses will be kept confidential and will not be shared with third parties. You do not have to answer every question if you do not want to, however, the more questions you answer, the more helpful your responses will be to our study.
There is no direct benefit to you for participating in this research study. You will not be compensated for your time. However, if you do choose to participate, you will have our immense gratitude. Importantly, any further understanding we obtain about Acoustic Neuroma may someday help people to avoid developing this condition or serve to help doctors better treat this condition.
RECRUITMENT SUPPLEMENT (FOR PATIENTS ONLY):
If you are a patient with a history of Acoustic Neuroma, we wish to compare your responses with those of people in your life who do not have Acoustic Neuroma. This would serve as a control group. To accomplish this goal, at the end of your questionnaire, we will ask you to provide up to three (3) email address of close contacts. (Examples: a co-worker, your spouse, or a close neighbor.) This is an optional part of the study and is not required to participate. You will not be penalized if you choose to not provide close contacts.
Close Contact Requirements:
- Not a biological/blood relative (Spouse is ok)
-Have lived in the same city/town as you for ≥ 5 of the last 20 years immediately prior to your diagnosis of Acoustic Neuroma
-Currently over the age of 18
For any Close Contact email addresses you provide, we will contact them to participate as a healthy control in this study. We will reveal your name as a referring source. This will imply you have had a diagnosis of Acoustic Neuroma. We will not reveal any of your other question responses to your contacts.
RISKS OF PARTICIPATION:
There are minimal risks associated with this research study. These include loss of personal health information including your name, age, and select aspects of your medical history. We will take every measure to prevent the risk of loss of personal health information by keeping your data in confidential, password-protected storage and we will not share any information with third parties. Research records will be kept confidential to the extent allowed by law and may be reviewed by the UCSD Institutional Review Board.
Your participation in this study is completely voluntary and you can withdraw at any time by simply exiting the survey. Choosing not to participate or withdrawing will result in no penalty or loss of benefits to which you are entitled. You are free to skip any question that you choose.
"By clicking the Participate button and proceeding to the survey, I certify that I have read the above consent form,
I am over 18 years of age, and I agree to participate. (US Residents Only)"