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Research Information Sheet
Name of the investigator --Designation --We are conducting a study to review the effect of Diabetes mellitus (DM) on thyroid function & thereby analyze the relationship (if any) between them. You are being invited to take part in this research-study. Before you make a decision, it is important for you to have a prior knowledge about why this study is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to understand the following information carefully. Please do not hesitate to ask us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. Take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part. • What is the title of the study ??? Clinical & Biochemical Assessment of Thyroid status in Diabetic Population.

What is the purpose of the study ??? Both diabetes and thyroid disorders involve a dysfunction of the endocrine system, which is a group of glands that help to regulate various aspects of the body’s metabolism. Diabetes is a disorder characterized by an overabundance of glucose (sugar) in the blood due to insufficient insulin production by the pancreas (a gland which lies across the back of the body between the kidneys) or the inability of the body to utilize insulin to transport glucose into the cells. Thus along with different important organs of our body like kidneys, cardiovascular system, nervous system etc., other glands of the endocrinal system may also be affected in patients suffering from Diabetes. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the neck that lies on either side of the windpipe. It produces and releases thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone affects every cell in the body and controls many of the body’s functions. Thyroid disorders are also common among general population. Now, it is already found that diabetes & thyroid disorders tend to co-occur in patients. In the present study , we will try to find out upto what extent the diabetic patients are prone to thyroid dysfunction & whether it is related to the degree and duration of hyperglycaemia.

What will happen to me if I participate in this study ???

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If you agree to take part in this study , at first you will be asked to sign a consent form (prepared in the standard prescribed format). Then you will be interviewed regarding your past & present health-status (i.e. medical history), apart from the general personal information. After that you will have to undergo a general physical assessment along with a relevant ,systematic, clinical examination. Later some routine & special laboratory investigations will be performed from your blood & urine samples—collected by us.
 This is to emphasize that, after deciding to take part you will have

the right to among other things to: (i) Refuse to answer any particular question, (ii) To withdraw at any time, without giving a reason, and without your medical care or legal rights being affected, (iii) Ask any further questions about the study that occurs to you during your participation , (iv) Be given access to a summary of the findings from the study, when it is concluded. Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential ??? All information collected during the study will only be viewed by the investigator and the research team (if required) & will remain strictly confidential. You will not be identified in any written or verbal reports of the study , without your explicit consent. What will happen to the major outcomes of the study ??? The results will be represented in the form of a ‘Thesis’ & is expected to be published in medical journals & disseminated at research seminars and conferences. If you would like us to send you a copy of any papers published, please let us know.

What about the expenditure or remuneration for the participation in this study ??? You will neither have to pay or will be paid for your participation.

Who is organising this study ??? The principal investigator of this study is Dr.XXXXXXX , & the study is being run between 3 departments at ___________ Medical College -- Physiology , Biochemistry & Medicine. • Who has reviewed this study??

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The study has been reviewed by the appropriate ethical committee in accordance with standard regulations. What are the probable risk if someone participates in this study ??? There is virtually no risk because this study is a non-interventional one & is minimally invasive when it comes to the blood sample collection, which will be done cautiously following proper aseptic measures & sterile techniques. There may be mild, transient discomfort/pain at the site from where the blood sample is collected.

What will be the advantage of participation in this study ??? We can not assure that the outcome of the study will definitely help your health-status. However, as underlying thyroid disorders can have a major impact on glucose control & untreated thyroid-malfunctioning can lead to potential harmful consequences ; revelation of an undiagnosed thyroid dysfunction (if any) will not only provide important corrective inputs in devising appropriate management of diabetes but will also enable the healthcare-provider to initiate early curative measures in restoring the normal thyroid status,even in the nondiabetics (included in the study to serve as ‘controls’). Moreover, the knowledge obtained from this study will contribute in future to formulate the protocol for thyroidscreening in diabetics.  Contact for further information: If you have any other questions about the study, please contact Dr.XXXXXXX at: Department of ___________ _________ Medical College District – Pin code State Tel : ______________ E-mail : xxxxxxxxxxxx@yahoo.co.in

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Date : ___ /___ /______ Investigator’s Signature Place : ______________

Patient Identification Number for this Study :

CONSENT FORM
Title of the Project : CLINICAL AND BIOCHEMICAL ASSESSMENT OF THYROID STATUS IN DIABETIC POPULATION Name of the Investigator : DR.XXXXXXXX

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1) I confirm that I have read and understood the information sheet (dated - ___ /___ /_______) containing information (language --_____________ ) about the above study ,and have had the opportunity to consider the information , ask questions and have had these answered satisfactorily. 2) I understand that my participation is voluntary and that I am free to withdraw at any time, without giving any reason , and without my medical care or legal rights being affected. 3) I also understand that relevant sections of any of my medical notes & data collected during this study , may be looked at and analyzed by responsible individuals from the research team or from the regulatory authorities . I give

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permission to the said individuals to have access to my records for the sake of this study . 4) I agree to take part in the above study .

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