Research Project on “Prevalence and predictors of alcoholism and help-seeking among adults”

As part of service delivery improvement, St John of God Hospitaller services is conducting a study entitled ‘Prevalence and predictors of alcoholism and help-seeking among adults with mobile phone in Lilongwe: Formative evaluation study to develop an intervention for adults with alcohol problems.’ The study will bring new knowledge on prevalence and predictors of alcoholism and help-seeking among adults in Lilongwe, which eventually informs the service provision approaches to those with such problems among the community members.

What you should know about this study:

  • You are being asked to join a research study.
  • This information sheet explains the research study and your part in the study
  • Please read it carefully and take as much time as you need
  • You can choose not to take part and if you join, you may quit at any time. There will be no penalty if you decide to quit the study

Purpose of the research project:
This project aims to measure the prevalence of and understand the factors that influence alcoholism and alcoholism recovery care-seeking among adults in Lilongwe City of Malawi.

Why you are being asked to participate:
You have been identified as an adult aged over 18 years old residing in Lilongwe City, who is old enough to consume alcohol. You are also an important stakeholder in the alcohol-related advocacy, policy and practice

After you have given your consent to participate, you will be asked to complete the online survey. The survey should take about 6 minutes to complete, but please take as much time as you need – there is no time limit to the survey. Depending on your responses to the survey, you may be asked to participate in a focus group discussion. The focused group discussions will be conducted on a WhatsApp group call. There will be 6 participants and 2 research team members moderating the discussions. It will take about 1 hour to complete the discussion. .

Risks / discomforts:
There are no physical risks in participating in this research study. However psychosocial risks are anticipated. Should you be in distress, places and contacts where you can get help will be put at the end of the survey. Feel free to go to the facility or you can call the number which will be given. You will be helped by professional psychosocial counsellors.

There is no direct benefit to you for participating in this study. However, you will find an indirect benefit in knowing that they have participated in an important study that could serve others in the future.

Incentives / rewards for participating:
There is no incentives/rewards for participating in the study. However, if you are selected to participate in the focus group discussion you will receive 1Gb data bundle to compensate for your internet use. You will also get to know your alcohol consumption levels, and be directed to help should you need it.

Protecting data confidentiality:
Your confidentiality will be respected. However, this consent form which does identify you may be inspected in the presence of the investigator or his or her designate by representatives of the NCRSH for the purpose of monitoring the research process.

All  audio recordings of the interviews will be transcribed into a written document. These documents, containing no personal information, will be kept in a password-protected computer, to be used for further analysis.

When the results of the research are published or discussed in meetings, no information will be included that would reveal your identity. All files will be kept on password-protected computers.  Only staff members of the study will have access to this information.  A unique code will be assigned to each individual participating in the study and the code will not be linked in any way to your name or ID number, in order to keep your responses as anonymous.

Protecting subject privacy during data collection:
Utmost care will be taken to protect your privacy during data collection. Responses will be kept in password-protected computers and password-protected software, and data analysis will be anonymized.

Right to refuse / withdraw:
You may withdraw from this study at any time without providing any reasons. If you decide to enter in the study and withdraw at any time in the future, there will be no penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.

What happens if you leave the study?
If you do decide to take part in this study, you are still free to withdraw at any time without giving any reasons for your decision. If you choose not to participate or to withdraw your consent, there will be no penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.

To access and complete the form follow the links below:

English version Link:
Chichewa Version Link:

Who do I ask/call if I have questions or a problem?
If you have any questions about the research, please feel free to contact the below Principal Investigator:

Zione Majawa Chinoko
St John of God Hospitaller
099 928 2769

If you have questions about your rights while taking part in this study, or you have concerns or suggestions and you want to talk to someone other than the researchers about the study, please contact:

The Secretariat,
National Committee for Research in Social Science and Humanities (NCRSH)
National Commission for Science and Technology,
Lingadzi House, City Centre,
P/Bag B303, Capital City,
Lilongwe 3.
Tel; +265771550/774869


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