Prostate cancer project

Prostate Cancer and Sexual Activity: Sexual Activity Before and After Prostate Cancer Survey - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is ARCSHS?

ARCSHS is the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society (ARCSHS) and the principal research institution running this survey. It is one of a number of specialised centres and institutes within the Faculty of Health Sciences at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. The research team comprises Professors Gary Dowsett PhD, Marian Pitts PhD, and Richard Wassersug PhD (Visiting Professor). See also http://www.latrobe.edu.au/arcshs.

Why complete the survey?

This survey is aimed to discover how men adjust their sexual practices when they are affected by prostate cancer treatments.

How will my survey information be used?

The research that will be generated by the survey should benefit all men who are overcoming the challenges of prostate cancer treatments. It will also help to guide the development of new ways for men to maintain sexual intimacy when affected by prostate cancer. Your input has the potential to help many men, both gay and straight, find ways to maintain sexual intimacy after prostate cancer treatment. A summary of the collected data may be published or presented but no individual data will be identified in any of these activities.

What does the survey cover?

The survey will first ask a few questions about you, and then follow with a number of sections that include the following topics: general information (age, education etc.), information about your relationships, prostate cancer history and sexual practices before and after prostate cancer treatments.

Will my identity be known to anyone if I participate?

No. Your anonymity will be assured. No identifying information will be collected by the survey. The survey is on a secure website operated by a professional survey company. No staff at either the site or at ARCSHS will have access to participants’ IP addresses, nor will email addresses be requested. Confidentiality of the results will be maintained at all times. Only staff working on the project at ARCSHS will have password access to the data as it is compiled.

How long will it take to complete the survey?

The survey will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. There will be between 60 and 100 click-to-answer questions to complete. The number of questions varies according to what you have to tell us. Each question can be answered simply by clicking on the appropriate button with your computer mouse. You will not be able to return to a partially completed survey at a later time, so we ask you to select a time of day where you can go through the survey without distraction.

How do I exit if I decide to end the session but haven’t got to the end of the survey?

Should you wish to end the survey at any time before completion, you may simply close the browser window. Any data you have entered will not be saved.

Will I be able to view results of the study when they become available?

The results from this study will be available as a report on the ARCSHS website once all data have been analysed. It may take some time for data collection and analysis to be completed so check the website regularly for this report. Unfortunately, there is no direct way for the research team to contact you with the results of the study.

How do I find further local information concerning issues the survey raises for me?

This survey asks very specific questions about your cancer and sexual history. Should you feel disturbed or distressed while completing the survey, we suggest that you access local counselling services, organisations dealing with prostate cancer specifically, online counselling services, and other local care agencies where available. Contact information is typically provided on the Internet and can be found by entering key words such as ‘prostate cancer support’, ‘counselling services’, and the name of the country, state/province, or city you live in.

Any questions regarding the survey can be directly emailed to ARCSHS: arcshs@latrobe.edu.au.

To return to the survey, close or minimise the browser window by clicking the buttons in the top right hand corner.