Can I Withdraw from the Study?

Answer: 

We hope you will not wish to withdraw from the Airwave Study, because the project is of most value if participants stay with the project. However, participants can withdraw at any time without providing a reason.  Withdrawal will not affect your healthcare or legal rights.

Please note that it is NOT necessary to withdraw from the Study just because you have retired from the Police Service or have moved to a job where you don't use the Airwave system.  Your continued membership of the cohort is valuable to the ongoing research and we hope you will stay with us.

There are three degrees of withdrawal and we would ask that you make clear which you are opting for when you contact us:

  1. No Further Contact: means that you will not be contacted by us again, and we will delete your contact information from our active files.  The Study could, however, continue to use samples and information provided previously, and to obtain and use further information from your health records.
     
  2. No Further Access: The Study would no longer contact you or obtain further information about you; but we could still use information and samples provided previously.  We will however remove your name from our active files.
     
  3. No Further Use: In addition to no longer contacting you or obtaining further information about you, any information and samples collected previously would no longer be available to new research.  We would destroy your samples (although it may not be possible to trace all distributed sample remnants). Such a withdrawal would prevent information about you from contributing to new research, but it would not be possible to remove data from ongoing or completed research.  Any information retained would be solely for archival audit purposes.

You can inform the Study team of your withdrawal by downloading the withdrawal form from here, then print and return it to the database manager at Airwave Health Monitoring Study, Imperial College London, Norfolk Place, London, W2 1PG or via email to [email protected].

If you would like to talk through the options in order to help you make up your mind, please contact Dr. Deepa Singh by email at [email protected] or by telephone at 020 7594 3249.