This new stage of the EPICure study started with a mail out in July/August 2012. The EPICure@16 packs we sent out to all EPICure children born in 1995 and to some of their old classmates who formed the very important comparison group, should have reached all intended recipients by now.We are now asking all the young adults who have helped us with our research if we can continue to keep in touch with them over the next few years.
In the pack are two letters, an information leaflet, two copies of the new consent form and two questionnaires. One of the questionnaires was for completion by the EPICure young adults and the other by their parents/guardians. They are both very short compared to our previous ones so please fill tem in and return them if you haven’t already done so.
Thank you very much to everybody who has responded so far and to all of you who are still in the process of doing so. We realise it must have been a busy summer with exam results, family holidays and the Olympic Games. We hope to hear from many more of you in the forthcoming days and weeks.
If you were part of the original 1995 EPICure study or comparison group and have not received the EPICure@16 info pack by now please contact us via the website or email us directly on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will ensure you get them. So far we have had a great response – 133 of you have agreed to this and a further 73 of the classmates we have contacted have also agreed – a really wonderful response.
For all of you we have contacted so far - we are really grateful to everyone who has replied and if you haven’t had time to do so yet please think about telling us whether or not you want to take part in later studies – that way we know not to keep trying to contact you. Obviously we really appreciate you staying with the study but understand if you don’t want to stay in touch.