Australian Blood Donor Study – Pilot Phase

Thank you for being a blood donor! What you do save lives and we’re incredibly appreciative of the time and effort you give — as well as the blood, of course.

Today we would like to ask for a little more of your help, this time with an important research study called the Australian Blood Donor Study.

 

What is the Australian Blood Donor Study?

The Australian Blood Donor Study, or ABDS for short, is a large study of blood donors that consists of donors completing a survey on their health and lifestyle behaviours. The hope is that this information can be used to help inform policies relevant to blood donation and transfusion safety. This may help ensure supply of highly effective blood and blood products, and improve health outcomes in Australia.

We’re currently at the beginning of this exciting study. During the ‘Pilot Phase’ of the study the aim is to find out whether the study itself is feasible in our context, and whether our blood donors would participate in a study like this.

 

Why are we conducting this study?

Several blood services around the world, such as in Denmark, the Netherlands, and Finland, have done large studies involving blood donors. These studies are making important contributions, improving donation safety for blood donors, as well as strengthening transfusion safety and supply systems.

We are hoping that, with your help we can create something similar here in Australia.

 

What can I do?

By completing the survey in the “Pilot Phase”, we will be asking you some questions about your demographics, lifestyle, health, and blood donation history.

If you would like more information about the study please read the Participant Information Sheet

If you would like to complete the survey, please click on the take the survey button below.

 

What’s the future of this study?

If the survey is received positively by a smaller group of donors, we’re hoping to roll the survey out to all of our donors.

For future surveys, we would also to ask our donors if they would like to provide a blood sample (<10 millilitre) to be used for Lifeblood research projects. Also, we would like to know if you would give us approval to link your blood donation data to other medical or health sources such as health records.

To determine if donors would be ok with doing these things, we will have some questions in the current survey asking about how you feel about them. However, just to be clear, we’re not going to ask in the current survey for you to provide consent to provide a blood sample or link your blood donation records. We’re only asking how you feel about these ideas to help us understand donor opinions about possible future projects.

 

Where to learn more

For more information on the study please email the research team at abds@redcrossblood.org.au

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