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Participation requested in “Vaseline® Balls” Survey!

“Vaseline® Balls” Survey

Dear Hospice or Palliative Care Clinical Staff Member,

I am a Post-PharmD palliative care and pain management specialty practice resident currently conducting research with The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and HospiScript Services, LLC.

The purpose of the survey is to evaluate the opinions and experiences of hospice and palliative care nurses, pharmacists and physicians with the use of petroleum jelly oral preparations “Vaseline® balls” for the management of constipation.

The goal of this study is to collect data which can be used to determine if there is a need for future research on the use of “Vaseline® balls” in clinical practice.

This survey is voluntary and anonymous. No one, including the researcher, will be able to associate your responses with your identity. You may choose not to take the survey, to stop responding at any time, or to skip any questions that you do not want to answer without penalty.

Study participants will complete an online survey which will take approximately 5-10 minutes. All responses are confidential. No identifying information such as name or email address will be collected. Data will be stored in a password protected electronic format. Results of this study will be used for scholarly purposes only and may be shared with research personnel at The Ohio State University. You must be at least 18 years of age to participate in this study.

Completion of the survey indicates that:
• You have read the above information
• You are a physician, nurse or pharmacist working with hospice or palliative care patients
• You voluntarily agree to participate
• You are at least 18 years of age

Please email me at if you have any questions or comments regarding the content of this survey. For questions about your rights as a participant in this study or to discuss other study-related concerns or complaints with someone who is not part of the research team, you may contact Ms. Sandra Meadows in the Office of Responsible Research Practices at 1-800-678-6251

To take the survey, go to

Please forward this information to your hospice colleagues interested in participating.

Thank you for your time.

Candice Tavares, PharmD, RPh
Palliative Care and Pain Management Specialty Practice Resident
The Ohio State University
College of Pharmacy