Coeliac disease sufferers wanted for new study

The researchers want to find out what could help adults with coeliac disease to be better at sticking to a gluten-free diet for life.

“Following a gluten-free diet for life can be very challenging for people with coeliac disease. We are interested to hear from adults with coeliac disease who do not currently follow a strict gluten-free diet” said Dr Katherine Deane.

“Their views are very important for us in identifying the things that could help people with coeliac disease to be better at sticking to a gluten-free diet,” she added.

As well as recruiting people with coeliac disease, the researchers are also recruiting spouses or other adults who live in the same household as the person with coeliac disease to take part in the study.

Volunteers will be asked to complete two tasks which can be done in their own time and returned to the researchers by e-mail or post. The first task will take approximately 30 minutes, and the second approximately 60 minutes.

Alternatively, participants can complete the tasks during group sessions held at the University of East Anglia (with approximately six other volunteers in each group). These group sessions will take between one to two hours each and refreshments with be provided.

The researchers are looking for 15 adults with coeliac disease and 15 spouses or other adult household members to volunteer for this study. All volunteers need to be aged 18 years or over.

To find out more about the research or to volunteer, please contact the researcher, Helen Flaherty, by emailing [email protected], or call 01603 593665 or 07920 406094.