Research Study

IRB 01/02 Approval Date: 04/12/2012                     

 Dear NREMT Certified EMT or Paramedic Responder:

 You are invited to participate in a research study. The purpose of the study is to learn more about EMT and paramedic training in working with individuals with disabilities, both intellectual and physical across the United States.

 We are inviting you to be in this study because you are a NREMT certified EMT or paramedic and we are interested in hearing about your experiences and perceptions. 

 We obtained your name and e-mail address through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and specific state EMS agency directors and training coordinators.

 If you agree to participate, we would like you to fill out a number of measures. You will be asked to answer 49 questions on a survey and respond to 6 vignettes. Survey and vignette questions will focus on disability related issues, your experiences regarding exposure to emergency and non-emergency situations with individuals, and your level of comfort in performing your duties in these situations. It will take approximately 30 minutes or less to complete the measures.

 In addition, for your participation in this research project, you will receive the option of submitting your contact information for a chance to win one of seven $50 gift cards from Information for the drawing will be collected separately from your responses and will not be linked to your completed survey.

 All measures are web pages and completed online through the program PsychData. If you elect to participate you can access this survey through the following website . If you do not wish to participate you do not need to do anything.

 We will keep the information you provide anonymous, however federal regulatory agencies and the University of South Dakota Institutional Review Board (a committee that reviews and approves research studies) may inspect and copy records pertaining to this research. Your responses will be anonymous to ensure that they cannot be linked to you. And if we write a report about this study we will do so in such a way that you cannot be identified.

 There are no known risks from being in this study, and you will not benefit personally. However, we hope that others may benefit in the future from what we learn as a result of this study.         

 All survey responses we receive will be treated confidentially and stored in a password protected computer for the duration of the research project. All research records will be destroyed upon completion of the project. However, given the surveys can be completed from any computer (e.g., personal, work, school), we are unable to guarantee the security of the computer on which you choose to enter your responses. As a participant in our study, we want you to be aware certain “key logging” software programs exist can be used to track or capture data you enter and/or websites you visit.

 Your participation in this research study is completely voluntary.  If you decide not to be in this study, or if you stop participating at any time, you will not be penalized or lose any benefits for which you are otherwise entitled.

 If you have any questions, concerns or complaints now or later, you may contact us at the number below.  If you have any questions about your rights as a human subject, complaints, concerns or wish to talk to someone who is independent of the research, contact the Office for Human Subjects Protections at (605) 677-6184.  Thank you for your time.

 Principle Investigator:
Aimee N. Deliramich, M.A.
USD South Dakota Union 205, Vermillion, SD 57069
(605) 677-5353 


Other Investigators:

Gemma Skillman, Ph.D. (Supervisor)

USD South Dakota Union 205, Vermillion, SD 57069

(605) 677-5179 



To access the survey, please either hit the Control button and the link below or cut and paste the link into your web browser



Aimee N. Deliramich, M.A.

Doctoral Candidate
Clinical Psychology Program
University of South Dakota
414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069