Around 15 per cent of Australians are estimated to suffer from IBS while anywhere from 6 to 30 per cent of the population are thought to suffer from long-term functional constipation.
While some types of constipation have medical or physical causes, functional constipation as yet does not. Similarly, IBS has as yet no known medical cause, however, both can cause significant discomfort and psychological distress. Understanding how psychological factors relate to these conditions could lead to the design of better interventions and management.
The researchers are seeking volunteers who have been diagnosed with either of these conditions for at least several months or longer to participate in an online or on paper study. The study will take around 45 minutes.
To take part in the study, participants need to be 17 years old. Those completing the study will also be eligible to register for a monthly prize draw.
For more information about the study and how to participate, please visit the research website: http://www.psy.mq.edu.au/research/fgid.htm or email wee- [email protected] or by phone at 0420 851 485. If you would like to participate directly in the survey, go to http://macquariehs.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9YR136GbOeALzWA
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