IBS Symptoms and Quality of Life
The study consists of a series of online questionnaires that will take about 30 minutes to complete. If you have IBS and are interested in providing information about your experience, please click on the following link: https://sasupenn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5pBkvMzyTuMVLYp
Invitation: You are being invited to participate in a research study on the relationship between various symptoms of IBS, including fecal incontinence, and quality of life.
Purpose: The purpose of this research is to assess how IBS symptoms affect quality of life, and to try to determine how many people with IBS have ever experienced fecal incontinence (accidentally passing solid or liquid stool).
Procedure: You will be asked to provide basic demographic information (but NOT your name, address, email or any other identifying information) and to complete a series of questionnaires to confirm your IBS diagnosis, as well as to assess your current levels of symptom severity, whether you’ve experienced incontinence, your thoughts about your symptoms and your quality of life. The surveys will be administered online via Qualtrics’ secure servers. At any time, you may skip questions you do not wish to answer.
Benefits: There are no direct benefits to you for completing this study. However, this study will provide important information about the prevalence of fecal incontinence in IBS patients (that is, what percentage of people with IBS actually experience incontinence) and how incontinence affects quality of life.
Principal Investigator: Melissa Hunt, Ph.D.
Study Contacts: Syed Aajmain, Ife Dawodu, Connie Wong