Research

 

STUDY 1 (Now recruiting!!) 

Understanding Substance Use by Professionals

To become a part of this research project, login here: https://surveys.dal.ca/opinio/s?s=36397

Researchers from Dalhousie University are seeking professionals to be involved in a confidential study to examine the use of substances, such as caffeine, alcohol, illicit drugs, and prescription and over-the-counter medication. 

The purpose of the study is to better understand the beneficial and detrimental effects on performance of daily activities and quality of experience. 

Participants will complete an anonymous survey regarding current and past experience of using substances. The length of the survey varies between 10 to 60 minutes, depending on the extent of individual experience. The information you share is anonymous and confidential. No identifying information will be released.

Inclusion Criteria

  •     You live in Canada.
  •     You are 19-years or older.
  •     You are a professional.
  •     You have or have not ever used a psychoactive substance.

The term “substance” can include:

  • Legal substances (e.g. caffeine, nicotine, alcohol)
  • Prescription medication (e.g. oxycodone, benzodiazepines)
  • Illegal drugs (e.g. heroin, marijuana, cocaine)
  • Traditional healing plants (e.g. peyote, ayahuasca)

“Professionals” are defined as being members of a profession-specific society, association, college, and/or regulatory body; subject to a code of professional ethics or code of conduct; and/or subject to professional licensure or accreditation.

It is imperative that regulations, policies, and services impacting professionals are informed by their own experiences. The intent is to identify factors that contribute to substance use and create healthier work and study environments.

For more information

To become a part of this research project, login here: https://surveys.dal.ca/opinio/s?s=36397

Contact the researcher: Niki Kiepek, Dalhousie University; e-mail address: appstudy@dal.ca

This study has received ethics approval from Dalhousie University, REB#2016-4042.

 

STUDY 2 (recruitment currently closed) 

Altered performance and experience: Understanding substance use

 

Understanding Substance Use Study - Volunteer to Participate [PDF - 495 KB]

 

This study will provide an opportunity for individuals who use one or more substances to confidentially share information about their use of substances, and the impact on performance and experience. 

Research participants will use an app to record every time they use a substance and report the effects on daily performance and personal experience. Participants must have access to a mobile touchscreen device and data plan (e.g. WiFi). 

Inclusion Criteria

  •     You live in Canada.
  •     You are 19-years or older.
  •     You use a substance in one or more of the following ways:
  1. Approximately daily use of any non-prescribed substance (legal or illegal)
  2. Weekly use of one or more substance. Some of the substances may be prescribed, but not all.
  3. Infrequent, but heavy use of one or more non-prescribed substance E.g., Heavy use over a period of time; binge use.

Email us for more information: dailyapp@dal.ca

 

 

STUDY 3 (recruitment currently closed): 

Professional socialization and substance use

 

Substance Use and Professional Socialisation - Volunteer to Participate [PDF - 73 KB]

 

High rates of substance use have been documented among professionals, and students in professional programs, but little is known about why these people use substances, especially in ways they consider unproblematic. This research study will provide an opportunity for professionals and post-secondary students in professional programs to confidentially share information about their use of substances. 

Research participants will use an app to record every time they use a substance and report the effects on daily performance and personal experience. Participants must have access to a mobile touchscreen device and data plan (e.g. WiFi). 

Inclusion Criteria

  •     You live in Canada.
  •     You are 19-years or older.
  •     You are a professional or a post-secondary student in a professional program.
  •     You use a substance in one or more of the following ways:
  1. Approximately daily use of any non-prescribed substance (legal or illegal)
  2. Weekly use of one or more substance. Some of the substances may be prescribed, but not all.
  3. Infrequent, but heavy use of one or more non-prescribed substance E.g., Heavy use over a period of time; binge use.

Email us for more information: appstudy@dal.ca

 

RESEARCH STUDY RESOURCES

Information Manual: How to Use the App  [PDF - 203 KB]