Physical Activity Loyalty Scheme Participant Information

Late Starters!- It’s now your turn to earn rewards for your physical activity efforts!

You’ve completed all the questionnaires, now it’s your chance to get the rewards. As you know, the PAL Scheme is a study being conducted by researchers from the Centre for Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast.

Please read the following information carefully, and take some time to decide if you wish to take part. If you have any questions, or would like more information on any aspect of the research, please ask us. Thank you for taking the time to consider this invitation.

What is the purpose of the study?

There is a clear link between being regularly physically active and a healthy life. However, people often find it difficult to fit physical activity into their lives. The aim of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of a Physical Activity Loyalty (PAL) Scheme for encouraging physical activity around the workplace.

Why have I been chosen?

As you know, you have been randomised to the Late Starters Group, so now that the Early Starters have finished, it’s now your turn to earn your rewards! :)
You have been asked to take part because you work in a large organisation based in Lisburn or Belfast and your organisation has agreed to participate. You are part of a total group of approximately 1400 people who have been invited to take part in this study.

Do I have to take part?

No. It is up to you to decide if you want to take part. If you do agree to take part, you are free to withdraw at any time, without giving a reason.

What will happen to me if I take part?

The scheme will last for 3-months. We want to investigate how helpful a physical activity loyalty scheme is in encouraging employees to be more active around the workplace.
If you are interested in taking part, the next step will be to log-on to the website (https://www.palscheme.org) and register your interest. You will be asked to provide some basic information about yourself in order for us to ensure you are eligible to take part. If eligible, we will then email you to confirm.

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

All information that is collected about you during the course of the study will be kept strictly confidential. Your personal information will be stored separately from information about your physical activity. This means that when the researchers look at the results in more detail, your information will be anonymous. If direct quotes are used in reports or publications, these will be anonymised and you will not be identifiable. All information relating to the study will be kept in a locked filing cabinet, and on a password protected computer available only to the study researchers. Any data passed onto a 3rd party or made publicly available (e.g. to other academic researchers) will be completely anonymised and you will not be identifiable in any way. Also, keeping active can help keep us healthy and so we may contact your organisations Human Resource Department in order to gain information regarding number of days off work due to illness during the course of the study.

What will happen to the results of the study?

The results of the study will be published in a scientific journal. You will not be identified in any publication. When the study is complete, a letter will be sent to you to give you the main results. This information will help us better understand how to promote physical activity and therefore benefit you and others.

Who is organising and funding the research?

The study has been organised by members of the Centre for Public Health at Queen’s University Belfast. It is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Public Health Research (PHR) Programme.

Who has reviewed the study?

This study has been reviewed and given a favourable opinion by the Office for Research Ethics Committees (OREC).

Contact for further information

Dr Ruth Hunter
Centre for Public Health
Queen's University Belfast
Institute of Clinical Sciences B
Royal Victoria Hospital
Grosvenor Road
Belfast
BT12 6BJ

Tel: 02890 632947
Email: ruth.hunter@qub.ac.uk