You are invited to participate in a research study “From Heart to Sole” that looks at children with congenital heart disease or defects (heart problems they were born with) and the possible connection with a certain type of crease pattern on the bottom of the foot. The objectives of the study are to determine:
A. If children who have been diagnosed with any form of congenital heart disease or defects have a “V” shaped crease pattern across the ball of the foot and
B. The type(s) of congenital heart defects in children who have the “V” shape crease on their feet.
In this study, you will be asked to complete a brief electronic survey. Your participation is voluntary and you are free to withdraw from this study at any time. This study asks questions about the child’s diagnosis and whether he or she has distinct foot creases as shown in a picture in the survey. If you are unsure about the crease pattern, a picture of the bottom of the feet can be uploaded. The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete.
This survey has been approved by the Institutional Review Board of The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). There are no risks associated with participating in this study. The survey collects no identifying information of any respondent. All of the responses in the survey will be recorded anonymously. While you will not experience any direct benefits from participation, information collected in this study may be used to help identify children with congenital heart disease sooner. By completing and submitting this survey, you are giving your consent to participate in the study.
You can locate the survey at the link below:
If you have any questions regarding the survey or this research project in general, please contact Deborah King, MSNed, RN at [email protected] or 609-771-2541. We thank you for your help with our study.
If you have concerns about this study or about your rights as a participant, please contact Dr. Sandy Gibson, Chair of the College of New Jersey Institutional Review Board (609-771-2695; [email protected]).