Thank you for visiting the “Mind Over Matter: Healthy Bowels, Healthy Bladder” (MOM) website!

The MOM program was developed by a team of women, community partners, and researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The in-person MOM program has been offered throughout the state, but this website is the first time we have offered the program online.

The information on this page is related to a research study that we did with visitors to this website. We are not inviting volunteers for the research at this time. You can use this website whether or not you participate in the research study.


Why are researchers doing this study?

  • The purpose of this research study is to understand who uses this website, how they use it, and how well it helps women change their behaviors to improve or prevent symptoms.
  • We are doing this research because this program has not been tested as an online program before. We know that the program works face-to-face, but most women do not attend face-to-face programs.
  • We hope to learn whether this online program reaches more women than the face-to-face program, and also whether it helps women make changes and improve symptoms the way the face-to-face program does.

Who are the researchers?

This study is being done by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) with help from community organizations across the state. The lead researcher is Dr. Heidi Brown. We estimate that about 800 people across the state will participate in this study. Funding for this study is provided by UW-Madison’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Research and the National Institutes of Health.

What will happen in the study?

If you decide to participate in this research study, the researchers will ask you to complete two online surveys (questionnaires) over the next four months. These surveys will be sent to your email. The researchers will also collect information about how you use this online program.

The research team may also invite you to complete a brief (no more than 30 minutes) telephone interview. We will contact you by email to schedule a phone interview if you’re interested.

You may skip any question on the questionnaires or in the interview that you do not wish to answer.

Email is generally not a secure way to communicate about your health as there are many ways for unauthorized users to access email. You should avoid sending sensitive, detailed personal information by email. Email should also not be used to convey information of an urgent nature. If you need urgent medical attention, you should contact your primary health care provider.

The information collected in this study may be kept for future related research projects.

How long will I be in the study?

You will be part of the study for about 4 months. You will be asked to complete an online survey today that should take about 15 minutes. You will receive an email in 4 months inviting you to complete a similar survey. If you do not complete a survey, you may receive up to 3 reminder emails.

  • There is no single standard treatment for bladder or bowel incontinence. As part of their regular health care, people might take medicine, see a physical therapist, see a nutritionist, wear a device, have an office procedure, have surgery, or choose to have no treatment at all.
  • People who access the online program will learn about these treatments and may choose to seek medical treatment for bladder or bowel incontinence.
  • People who take part in this study will not get any medical treatment from the study.
  • This study is not part of your health care.

Do I have to be in the study? What if I say "yes" now and change my mind later?

No, you do not have to be in this study. Taking part in research is voluntary. This means that you decide if you want to be in the study. If you decide now to take part, you can choose to leave the study at any time.

Let the researchers know if you choose to leave the study.

If you decide not to take part in the study, or if you choose to leave the study, your choice will not affect any treatment relationship you have with healthcare providers at UW-Madison, UW Health, or any affiliated organizations, or any services you receive from them. No matter what decision you make, and even if your decision changes, there will be no penalty to you. You will not lose medical care or any legal rights.

Will being in this study help me in any way?

Being in this study will not help you directly. But your participation in the study may benefit other people in the future by helping us learn more about the online program.

What are the risks?

There is a risk that your information could become known to someone not involved in this study, which might make you uncomfortable. You may also feel embarrassed or uncomfortable completing questions about your health.

Will this study cost me anything?

There will be no cost to you for any of the study activities or procedures.

Will I be paid or receive anything for being in this study?

  • We will pay you $20 for participating in this study if you complete both surveys (today and in 4 months). You will be asked to complete a form (W-9) and a check will be mailed to you within 1 month of returning your completed form. If you choose to leave or we take you off the study for any reason, you will not receive payment.

  • If you are invited for a telephone interview, you will receive a $20 check if you complete that interview.

How will the researchers keep my research information confidential?

We have strict rules to protect your personal information. We will limit who has access to your name, address, phone number, and other information that can identify you. We will also store this information securely. We may publish and present what we learn from this study, but none of this information will identify you directly without your permission.

However, we cannot promise complete confidentiality. Federal or state laws may permit or require us to show information to university or government officials responsible for monitoring this study.

Who at UW-Madison can use my information?

  • Members of the research team

  • Offices and committees responsible for the oversight of research

  • Personnel who handle accounting and billing or do other tasks related to this study

Who outside the UW-Madison may receive my information?

U.S. Office for Human Research Protections

Will information from this study go in my UW Health medical record?

None of the information we collect for this study will be put in your medical record.

How will the research team use my protected health information (PHI)?

Protected health information, also called PHI, is information about your physical or mental health that includes your name or other information that can identify you. If you participate in this study, you will share your email address with the research team, and will also share information about your health, so you are sharing PHI with the researchers. The researchers will not have access to your medical records or any health information that you do not share with them.

Your authorization for researchers to use your PHI does not have an end date. However:

  • You can choose to take back your authorization for researchers to use your health information. You can do this at any time before or during your participation in the research.
  • If you take back your authorization, information that was already collected may still be used and shared with others, but the researchers will no longer be able to collect NEW information about you.T
  • To take back your authorization, you will need to tell the researchers by writing to the Lead Researcher, Dr. Heidi Brown, at 1010 Mound Street, 4th Floor; Madison, WI 53715.

Once ALL information that can identify you is removed from the health information collected in this study, then it is no longer PHI and this authorization will no longer limit how the remaining information can be used. This means the information could be used or shared for reasons other than the ones described in this form, such as a research study about another kind of disease. It also means that the information could be shared with researchers working at institutions that are not listed above.

What if I have questions?

If you have questions about this research, please contact the Lead Researcher, Dr. Heidi Brown, at (608) 417-7485. If you have any questions about your rights as a research subject or have complaints about the research study or study team, contact UW Health Patient Relations at 608-263-8009. The Patient Relations Representatives work with research subjects to address concerns about research participation and assist in resolving problems.

Agreement to Participate in the Research Study

If you click the box below, it means that:
  • You have read this consent form.
  • You have had a chance to ask questions about the research study, and the researchers have answered your questions.
  • You want to be in this study.
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Thank you for agreeing to participate in the research study! You will receive an email message from the research team within 48 hours.

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Funding for this study is provided by UW-Madison’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Research and the National Institutes of Health