You will be asked to provide your contact details so a researcher is able to post a CARRIAGE study ‘participant pack’ to you. Before sending this we will ask you to complete a short (no more than 10 minute) online questionnaire which will ask for health and lifestyle information about you, your family and the people who live in your household. Once you have completed this you will receive your ‘participant pack’ which will contain:
- Three sample tubes with nasal swabs
- Pre-prepared barcode stickers each with an unique anonymous study identification number, one for each tube
- Step-by-step instructions (including a video-link on this website) to show you how to take your swabs
- Postage-paid FREEPOST envelopes to return your nasal swabs.
Once you have returned your swabs, we will ask you to complete a further short (5-minute) questionnaire asking for feedback on your experiences of taking part in the study.
Periodically, and only when necessary, we will send you email and text reminders to take swabs and to fill out questionnaires.