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Why Is This Study Being Done?

There are helpful services for people with chronic life-limiting diseases. However, we understand from other research that most people connect the words “hospice” and “palliative” with end of life.


In this study, we are looking for ideas about what those services could be called so that people would be interested in them, and what services would be included.


What Is Involved In Participating In The Study?

You will answer some or all of the questions in this survey. We think it will take you 10-15 minutes.


Are There Any Benefits Of The Study?

No direct benefit is guaranteed to you by taking part in this study. The information gained from this study may help to develop better ways to offer services to people who have chronic and/or life-limiting diseases in the future.


What Are The Risks Of The Study?

There are no anticipated risks or discomforts for you. You can answer as much of the survey as you wish.


What Are The Costs?

You will not be paid or reimbursed for any expenses for taking part in this study.


What About Conflict Of Interest?

The researchers have no conflict of interest in this study.


What About Privacy and Confidentiality?

You will be invited to leave your name and email address in the survey if you wish to hear the results of this study. However, your name and email address will be kept separate from your answers to the questions, and the researchers won’t reveal your name in connection with your answers to the survey. We will keep all the survey data secure and confidential within the research team. When the results of the study are published or presented, no information that could identify you will be released.


What Are Your Rights As A Participant?

You can choose whether or not you want to be in this study. Whatever decision you make, there will be no penalty to you. If you decide to participate, you can decide to answer some or all of the questions. You can withdraw from study up until the point you submit your answers. 


By submitting your answers, you do not give up any of your legal rights. Also, this notice does not relieve the researchers or institutions of their legal responsibilities.


Whom Do You Call If You Have Questions Or Problems?

If you have questions about taking part in this study, you can talk to the lead researcher, Dr. Paul Holyoke, at telephone 416-892-3791 or


If you have any questions regarding your rights as a study participant or about ethical issues related to this study, please contact the Chair of the Southlake Regional Health Centre Research Ethics Board, Dr. Pravesh Jugnundan, at 905-895-4521 ext. 6638

Hello from the It Won’t Kill You To Talk With Us research team. This survey about public perceptions of services for people with life-limiting diseases. This page describes the purpose, procedures, benefits, discomforts, and risks associated with this study.  It also informs you of your rights as a study participant. If you have questions or do not understand any of the words here, please reach us at

Study title: Public perceptions of pre-palliative care services

Sponsor/Funder: Saint Elizabeth Health Care, and McNally House Hospice

Main researcher: Dr. Paul Holyoke, PhD

Co-researchers: Pamela Blackwood, Amanda Black, Curt Hammond, Brittany Kelly

Study address: McNally House Hospice,148 Central Avenue Grimsby

The Details

This project originated as a partnership between Saint Elizabeth Health Care and Hospice Georgian Triangle in Collingwood, and has now been adopted by McNally House Hospice in Grimsby. This conversation about quality-of-life is another opportunity for Saint Elizabeth to bring innovative and data-driven solutions to tough problems.


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