Knowledge, attitudes and behaviour in relation to sugary drinks

Client: South Australian Health and Research Institute

Researchers from the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and the University of Adelaide, working with Social Research Centre, are conducting a national survey to gather information on people’s attitudes, knowledge and behaviour in relation to consuming drinks containing sugar. This information will be used to guide the development of future food and health research and interventions such as national health policies.

Any adult between the ages of 14 to 60 years is invited to participate. Participation will involve completing an online survey, where you will be asked to answer a series of questions by selecting the appropriate answer from a list of options. The questionnaire will take approximately 10 minutes. Participation in this project is completely voluntary. If you agree to participate, you can withdraw from the study at any time prior to the submission of the survey. The submission of completed responses will be taken as an indication of consent to participate in the study. The questionnaire is anonymous, meaning that no personally identifying information is collected or recorded, and responses to questions will be collated into a dataset for analysis. Any reports produced from the data will contain only aggregated data and may be reported and publicised through journal articles, news articles, conference presentations, websites or reports. Data will be stored securely in a locked facility and will be retained for a minimum of 5 years following the final publication date. Participants will be given the option of receiving a copy of a report which summarises the key findings at the conclusion of the study. Additional data analysis may be undertaken by researchers who have been granted access to the data by the lead researcher.

This project may help to develop a better understanding on adults’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviour in relation to sugary drinks. Foreseeable risks from participating in this study are minimal but may include possible discomfort in considering information provided on issues related to health effects of sugary drink consumption. Your information will only be used as described in this participant information sheet and it will only be disclosed according to the consent provided, except as required by law. If you have questions or problems associated with the practical aspects of your participation in the project, or wish to raise a concern or complaint about the project, then you should consult:

The study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of Adelaide (approval number H-2019-068). This research project will be conducted according to the NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (Updated 2018). If you wish to speak with an independent person regarding concerns or a complaint, the University’s policy on research involving human participants, or your rights as a participant, please contact the Human Research Ethics Committee’s Secretariat on:

Any complaint or concern will be treated in confidence and fully investigated. You will be informed of the outcome.