Clinical Trial: IBS and Relationships, University of Adelaide, Australia

The following study is re-posted from the most recent newsletter of Sophie Lee, owner of the IBS Tales website in the United Kingdom. IBS Impact thanks Sophie for this information. Sophie writes:

“Dear All,

This is a special message for Australian IBS sufferers. An academic researcher is looking for IBS patients for her study – can you help? Please contact the researcher directly to volunteer, and many thanks to anyone who participates.”

IBS and Relationships Study

IBS affects people’s lives in so many different ways, yet medical and health professionals often remain unaware of the extent of impact. I’m interested in hearing about your IBS and how it may affect your most important relationships – whether they be with your partner, your friends, family, work colleagues or anyone else.

There is no pressure or expectation to discuss anything you do not wish to discuss. Personal details are completely confidential and you are free to withdraw at any time.

Interviews can be conducted via telephone, Skype or face-to-face. I have almost finished interviewing but still need to hear from:

– men under 50 years of age
– men and women of any age in new relationships
– same-sex attracted men and women of any age

or any combination of the above!

For more information, please visit my study information website:

You can also check out my research page here:
If you would like to be interviewed, and you live in Australia (to avoid the influence of other medical systems), or you have any questions about the study, please feel free to email: or call me on (08) 8222 5141.

Warm regards,

Katie Crocker
PhD Candidate
The University of Adelaide

IBS Impact  encourages readers in Australia to participate. For readers in any country who are interested in the topic of relationships with partners, please see the family and friends page on the IBS Impact main website, which includes several articles for loved ones of people with IBS, and a recently added link to the video portion of the April 2011 UNC Evening With the Experts chat, in which Reuben Wong, MD of the National University Hospital in Singapore discussed partner burden and IBS.

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