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FAQs

What are the benefits of participating in the study?

You will be provided a copy of your results that could be of benefit to you and inform you of your current fat and lean tissue mass and overall body composition.

If after reading the recruitment email, you decide that you would like to participate in the study, please email bodycompinfo@ul.ie to arrange for an appointment with a member of the Project Team.

In order to decide whether you do or do not want to participate in this study, you need to fully understand the risks and benefits to allow you to make an informed decision.  This process is known as INFORMED CONSENT.

The campus wide community of the University of Limerick are being invited to participate in the study.  This includes students and all staff of the University of Limerick.

No. During the bioelectric impedance measurement, you will stand barefoot on a scales and grip a portable handle while a low level current will be applied.  The current is so low that you will not feel any sensation from it.

The researcher will mark 10 skinfold sites on the arms, legs and torso for skinfold measurement. The researcher will pinch the skinfold at each site and place the special callipers on either side of the skinfold site, so that the skinfold can be measured. Minor discomfort may be experienced.

To take a scan, you will lie on the bed of the scanner.  The operator will position your body moving your legs and torso.  Once positioned correctly, the arm of the scanner will move slowly above your body and you will be asked to remain still. The arm of the scanner does not touch your body at any time. There is no physical sensation from having a scan taken.

No.  The DEXA scanner works in similar way to an X-ray but the radiation dose is far less (about 1/30th) than a standard X-ray.

The risk to you is described by the international authorities regulating the use of X-rays as 'trivial'.

  You will not be allowed to undertake a DEXA scan if you are known to be, or at risk of being pregnant.

Your appointment will take approximately 40 minutes.

You should attend your appointment wearing a vest and shorts (females) and a 'T'-shirt or polo top and shorts (males).

Yes.  Depending on the time of your appointment, you should follow the steps outlined in the section Pre-Appointment Information.

A participant can leave the study at any time.  There are no repercussions for withdrawing from the study.  The researcher will thank you for your time and any data recorded on your body composition will be deleted from the overall study.

Yes.  This study is approved by the University of Limerick's Research Ethics Committee. (ULREC 08/07).

Yes. You will receive a copy of your results a few days after your appointment. These will be emailed to you.  You will also be provided the opportunity to discuss your results with a member of the project team. .

CONFIDENTIALITY of participants will be maintained at all times. No information will be provided to any other party without your written consent.   All we ask is that the information may be used anonymously in the preparation of scientific reports.

Should you require any further clarification on any aspect of the study, please do not hesitate to contact the Principal Researcher, Phil.Jakeman@ul.ie or on 061-202800.

Body Composition Study at UL