Page 1: PARTICIPANT INFORMATION STATEMENT

Musculoskeletal disorders cover a range of health conditions such as upper or lower limb injuries, low back pain or inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. These conditions have a significant impact on people’s working lives since they can be a source of long-term pain and can lead to time off work. 

The rise in the state pension age may mean that more people with such conditions are trying to work to a later age. Although some attention has been given to this topic, little is known about the views,experiences and attitudes of ageing working people with musculoskeletal disorders.

The aim of this study is to explore and identify the strategies that older employees with chronic musculoskeletal disorders use to maintain their roles and responsibilities at the workplace.  

You are selected to take part in this questionnaire survey because your opinion and knowledge as an active member of the ageing workforce can contribute  to the aims of this project. Your participation in the survey is entirely voluntary, and you can opt out at any stage by exiting the browser. Your answers will give us an insight into the strategies of the ageing workforce towards chronic musculoskeletal disorders.

The questionnaire should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.  Your answers will be treated confidentially and the information you provide will be kept anonymous in any research outputs/publications.  Your anonymous data will be held securely at a personal online space (One Drive) at Coventry University, which is encrypted, and password protected. All original data will be deleted by March 2022. The project has been reviewed and approved through the formal Research Ethics procedure at Coventry University. 

For further information, or if you have any queries, please contact the lead researcher Glykeria Skamagki, ab7682@coventry.ac.uk.

If you have any concerns that cannot be resolved through the lead researcher, please contact the Director of Studies of this project Dr Andrew King, hsx471@coventry.ac.uk.

By ticking the box below you agree that:

 

 

I have read and understood the above information.
I understand that, because my answers will be fully anonymised, it will not be possible to withdraw them from the study once I have completed the survey
I agree to take part in this questionnaire survey and I confirm that I am aged 18 or over
I consent to participate in this survey

Thank you for taking the time to participate in this survey. Your help is very much appreciated.