Variables Associated with Symptom Experiences (NEW ZEALAND)

  • Posted on: 26 June 2017
  • By: researcher


My name is Sonali Dutt and I am a Masters student at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Research suggests that various non-medical factors including; one’s level of self-compassion, mood, stress, affect and emotions can play a role in the onset and course of physical symptoms that are medically explained and symptoms that do not yet have full medical explanations.

As part of my master's thesis, I am conducting a study which aims to gain a better perspective into the association of such factors with individuals’ symptom experiences and contribute to the growing body of research in this field. We will be inviting patients who live in New Zealand with medically unexplained conditions (namely irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyalitis (CFS/ME) and fibromyalgia), a medically explained condition (specifically rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and healthy individuals to participate in this study. As such, this study will be comprised of three groups.

All potential participants will be given a participant information sheet (PIS) along with a link to an online questionnaire, should they wish to proceed. If a hard copy version is preferred, we will happily send out a copy of the PIS, consent form, questionnaire and a pre-paid return envelope to a any given New Zealand postal address to be filled out on paper. 

Participants can enter a draw to win one of ten $100 vouchers from their choice of either Westfield, MTA or Countdown.


New Zealand only (Online)
Both Female and Male
18 to 80 years
Study Duration: 
20-25mins Online
Inclusion Criteria: 

Participants must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Live in New Zealand
  • Be fluent in English
  • Have one of the following:
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyalitis (CFS/ME)
    • Fibromyalgia or
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis
Exclusion Criteria: 

Individuals who:

  • Are under the age of 18
  • Do not live in New Zealand
  • Are not fluent in English
  • Do not have either IBS, CFS, Fibromyalgia or RA
  • Have a condition which may impair their ability to accurately fill out the questionnaire (eg. Dementia)

Are not eligible to participate in the study.

Monday, June 26, 2017 to Wednesday, December 20, 2017


Phone: (09) 373 7599 ext. 81640