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Treating Patients with Autism For Primary Healthcare Providers- Training and Research Opportunity

March 29

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 12:00 am on day 29 of the month, repeating until April 30, 2019



You are being asked to be in a research study that is being done by Oakland University researchers. This study is being done by Dr. Mary Dereski, Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine along with Medical Student Megan McCrohan (Class of 2021) as a requirement for earning her medical degree.
This form describes the study and what you will be asked to do. The researcher(s) can answer any questions you may have so you can make an informed decision. You can talk with your friends and family about this research study before making your decision. When your questions have been answered, you can decide if you want to be in this study. This process is called “informed consent.” If you decide to be in the study, you will be asked to click the next button at the end of this form and should print this form for your records.


What is the purpose of this study?

The purpose of this research study is to provide primary healthcare providers with knowledge about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in general, along with recommendations about how to provide accommodations while treating young adults (>18) with ASD as many are transitioning from pediatric to adult healthcare. This is particularly relevant since one in sixty-eight individuals is currently diagnosed with ASD and a large number of these young adults are currently seeking primary healthcare or will be in the near future.


Who can participate in this study?

You are being asked to participate in the study because you:
1) Are a board certified primary healthcare provider (i.e. physician, nurse practitioner, physician’s assitant, etc.);
2) Have the potential to treat young adults (at least 18 years of age) with Autism Spectrum Disorder;
3) Are over 18 years years of age; and
4) Read English proficiently.

Where will this study take place?

This study will take place entirely online.


What do I have to do?

If you agree to take part in this research study, you will be asked to:

·      Fill out a pre-test;
·      Complete an online continuing medical education (CME) module using Qualtrics software;
·      Complete a post-test; and
·      You will have the option to obtain CME credits after scoring 70% or more on the post-test. You may take the post-test multiple times until you reach the 70% threshold.

All of the multiple-choice questions included in the pre-test and post-test are required; however, if you do not want to answer a particular question or wish leave the study, you can exit the Qualtrics module at any time by closing your browser. Taking this module is not part of any career-related development; therefore, it does not impact your employment status. All activities can be completed in 40 minutes. No personal identifiers will be collected.


If you would like to claim CME credits after achieving 70% or more on the module post-test, you will be redirected to the Beaumont CME website to enter your identifying information. This information will not be linked to your responses, and your responses will remain anonymous to the research team. Additionally, the CME office will not have access to your responses. These measures have been put in place to ensure that your confidentiality is upheld.


How long will I be in the study?

Participation in this research is not expected to exceed 40 minutes; however, it may take longer if you wish to spend more time looking over the information or videos contained in the module itself. The consent process and pre-test is expected to take 5 minutes, with completion of the CME module anticipated to take 30 minutes. The post-test should take an additional 5 minutes. Thus, the total time to participate in this study is approximately 40 minutes. It is recommended that you allot this amount of time to start and complete this module in a single sitting, since you will not be allowed to exit the module and return to your last completed step at a later point in time.

Are there any risks to me?
Research studies may involve different kinds and levels of risks or discomfort.  These could be physical, emotional, social, economic or legal risks.  For this study, the potential risks and discomforts that we know about are described below.

By taking part in this study, you may be at risk for the following:

  • You may feel nervous when disclosing your knowledge and familiarity with autism information;
  • You may feel stress associated with learning new information;
  • As with many research studies, there is a risk of a breach of confidentiality. However, no personal information will be collected during this research study, therefore no links will exist between the questions asked and any information that can identify you as a participant.

The anonymous and voluntary nature of the survey has been established in order to minimize these risks.

There may also be risks involved from taking part in this study that we do not know about at this time.

Are there any benefits to me?
The most direct benefit for you includes the ability to utilize the information acquired through the module during future encounters with high-functioning young adult patients with ASD to improve their clinical visit. Additionally, this knowledge could potentially be applied to other disabilities where similar accomodations could enhance healthcare delivery.

What are the alternatives to participation in this study?
You may choose not to participate in this study.

How much will it cost me to participate in the study?
The module itself will be offered free of charge to all primary healthcare providers. There will be a modest fee charged to those individuals not affiliated with Beaumont Health who also wish to receive continuing medical education credits at the conclusion of the module in order to comply with Stark Law.  The fee will be fair market value and will be based on the amount of credits awarded.

Will I recieve anything for participating?
You have the option to obtain CME credits if you meet the inclusion criteria, complete the module, and score 70% or more on the post-test survey.

Who could see my information?
The research team will have access to your information. Information about your research participation may be shared with others if required by law (for example, child or elder abuse and/or neglect).

Your research records may be reviewed by the following groups:

  • Representatives of the Oakland University Institutional Review Board and/or other regulatory compliance staff, whose job is to protect people who are in research studies; and
  • Regulatory authorities who oversee research (Office for Human Research Protections, or other federal, state, or international regulatory agencies)

When the results of this research are published or discussed in conferences, no information will be included that personally identifies you.

What are my rights if I participate in this study?
Your decision to participate in this study is voluntary. You do not have to be in this study. There is no penalty or loss of benefits if you don’t want to participate or if you stop participating. Your decision will not affect your present or future relationship with Oakland University, the researcher, the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Beaumont Health, or other Healthcare organizations. If you are a student or employee at Oakland University, your decision about participation will not affect your grades or employment status.


If you want to stop participating in this study, you should close your browser before clicking   at the bottom of the last page of the post-test. No data will be collected by Qualtrics if you exit before that time.


Who do I contact if I have questions about this study or my rights as a research participant?
For questions about the study you may contact:

Megan McCrohan

Medical Student (Class of 2021)

Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

[email protected]


Mary O. Dereski, PhD

Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

(248) 370-3666

[email protected]


For questions regarding your rights as a participant in human subject research, you may contact the Oakland University Institutional Review Board, 248-370-4898.