Participants may decide to withdraw from your study at any time. Here we explain how participants can do so using the Avicenna app, and how you can get a report on those who dropped out. Further, we show how you can set up a Dropout survey to be asked of participants before they leave the study, in order to capture the underlying reasons.
Participants can drop out of a study using
the Avicenna app. To do so, they
should open the Avicenna app, navigate to
Settings → My Studies, select your
study from the list, and from the
About Study page, tap on the
Drop Out of The Study
|Avicenna study about page in Android|
When the button is tapped, the app asks the participant to confirm their
decision. If they choose
Yes, first Avicenna checks if your study has any
Dropout Survey. If yes, the participant is
asked to complete the Dropout Survey. When the participant completes or cancels
the survey, or if you have not set any Dropout Survey for your study, Avicenna
continues with the dropout process and withdraws the participant from the study.
When a participant drops out of your study, or you drop out a participant, the data collection is stopped immediately, but all data they have provided up to that point, and their participation record, will be retained. So you will still see the participant ID in the list of your participants. Their record will be marked as Dropped.
The participant can rejoin your study later. If they do, Avicenna will use their existing record. If they rejoin before their participation was originally supposed to end, they can continue until that time. If they try to rejoin after their original end time, they will get an error message saying they have completed their participation in your study.
You can create a Dropout Survey to get a report on why the participant decided to drop out of your study. This survey will be shown immediately before the participant is dropped out of your study.
To add a Dropout Survey, click on the Activities page. On the Activities
page, click on the
Create New Activity button. Then click on Droput survey. On
Content page, add the questions you want to ask the participants before
they drop out of your study.
Then move to the
Preview and Publish tab and publish your survey.
You can view the responses to the Dropout Survey on the Activity Responses page.