FAQ About Participation

WHY PARTICIPATE IN CANCOLD STUDY?

To help build a unique, large-scale public resource for biomedical research dedicated to COPD, becoming the third leading cause of death right after cardiovascular diseases and cancers.

To contribute to the advancement of knowledge in this disease possibly leading to more precise diagnosis and better treatments, as well as disease prevention and health promotion programs.

IN WHAT GEOGRAPHICAL AREA OF CANADA WILL RECRUITMENT TAKE PLACE?

CanCOLD will be initiated in 5 sites – Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, Calgary and will be extended to 4 additional sites – Quebec, Kingston, Ottawa, Saskatoon.

Other sites in Canada may also be considered in a near future.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN CANCOLD?

It is not possible to volunteer to participate. Individuals invited to participate in CanCOLD are selected randomly from the COLD prevalence study. This is important if we want to establish a databank and biobank that is representative of the 4 groups:

  • Subjects with significant airflow obstruction and COPD moderate–severe;
  • Subjects with mild or early disease;
  • Subjects at risk for COPD (smoker with airflow obstruction);
  • Subjects non smoker and free of airflow obstruction;
  • Individuals will be 40 years old or more.

Randomly selected individuals will be free to decide whether or not they will participate.

WHAT CAN A PARTICIPANT DO IF SHE/HE WANTS TO END HER/HIS
PARTICIPATION IN THE CANCOLD AND EXTRACT HER/HIS INFORMATION
FROM THE CANCOLD DATABANK?

As a participant, you are completely free to participate or not in the CanCOLD project and you can end your participation at any time.

If new information arises that may affect your willingness to remain in this study, you will be advised of this information promptly.