Dear Texas Dental Hygienists' Association,
We are enrolled in the Fones School of Dental Hygiene baccalaureate degree completion program research course at the University of Bridgeport. Our research course requires conducting primary research and collecting data. We are requesting your assistance in our research by helping us dispense surveys via your member and non-member email list. The purpose of the research project is to gain a better understanding of the level of knowledge of practicing dental hygienists on the topic of early childhood caries. The procedure will involve filling an online survey consisting of 42 questions that will take no more than 10 minutes to complete. The survey will be dispensed through SurveyMonkey and contain a consent statement prior to access to the survey questions. Participation in this research is voluntary and potential participants may choose not to participate or withdraw at any time without penalty. The survey questions will be about dental hygienists’ knowledge and practices regarding early childhood caries. We will do our best to keep all participants' information confidential. All data is stored in a password protected electronic format. To help protect confidentiality, the surveys will not contain information that will personally identify anyone. The results of this study will be used for scholarly purposes only and may be shared with University of Bridgeport representatives.
If you have any questions about the research study, please contact Emily Morgan, RDH at , or our supervisor, Deborah Johnson, RDH-EP/EA MS at firstname.lastname@example.org. This research has been reviewed according to University of Bridgeport IRB procedures for research involving human subjects. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and assistance in our data collection process. Your assistance will benefit our research and dental hygiene knowledge.
Sincerely, Emily Morgan, RDH, Amy Helayel, RDH, Macie Hourt, RDH, and Krystal Boylan, RDH