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Medical Research Survey: Gluten intake and gastrointestinal symptoms

Postby JIRich » Wed, 07 Oct 2015 5:37 pm

Hello!

I am postgraduate student training to become a doctor at the University of Sheffield in the UK. I am beginning the second year of my course by assisting with a research project.

In recent years, the protein gluten - found in wheat, barley and rye - has been demonised in the media. Popular cookery authors such as the Hemsley sisters and Ella Woodward have advocated a gluten free diet as an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. Whilst gluten is known to adversely affect patients with coeliac disease and wheat allergy, any negative effect in healthy individuals is contentious.

My research team is investigating how much gluten people are actually eating, and whether or not the level of gluten consumption correlates with gastrointestinal symptoms.

If you would like to take part, please message or email me at JIRichardson1@sheffield.ac.uk for a copy of the questionnaire, which can then be returned via email.

In total the questionnaire should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.

The forms are entirely anonymous, and all data is kept confidential in accordance with the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Information Governance policy.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Many thanks for your interest.

Yours sincerely,

Jessica Richardson

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Re: Medical Research Survey: Gluten intake and gastrointestinal symptoms

Postby JR8 » Wed, 07 Oct 2015 7:17 pm

.... I can't help but wondering why a researcher in Sheffield would target this survey at a small forum of expats of various nationalities that are Singapore-based. If it was re: experiences of lactose intolerance it would make more sense (maybe :). Perhaps you could join the dots for me... ?

I.e. Are you trying to specifically get a sample from people that happen to live in Singapore, of any nationality? As it wouldn't seem to help if you were say hoping to get a useful data sample from Singaporean citizens. If the latter is your aim you should say, and I'm sure people will try and point you in a more fruitful direction.

HTH!
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Re: Medical Research Survey: Gluten intake and gastrointestinal symptoms

Postby JIRich » Wed, 07 Oct 2015 8:41 pm

Dear HTH

Thank you for raising your concerns.

Whilst I am studying medicine in Sheffield, I grew up as an expat in Singapore and lived there until my early twenties. Indeed, I was an active member of this forum for many years, although I have long forgotten my original login details!

I personally have a target of 350 respondents set by my supervisor. Myself (and another international student) asked if we were able to include participants from overseas, and our supervisor is happy for us to do so.

In terms of the sample, it is merely from the general population. The only caveat is age 16 plus. Gluten intolerance is not a prerequisite, although we are expecting to find an incidence of around 13% with 1% formerly diagnosed with coeliac disease. Nationality and location are not taken into consideration during selection. This may in itself add confounding variables, but will give me plenty to discuss in my write up!

In addition to emailing the questionnaire out to friends, family, work colleagues, fellow students etc, I have posted my survey on many student, student doctor and other relevant forums. I thought I would add Singapore expat forums into the mix as when I was resident in Singapore I found the members to be very helpful! 350 is quite a number, so the more exposure the survey has the better!

Cheers!

Jess

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Re: Medical Research Survey: Gluten intake and gastrointestinal symptoms

Postby JR8 » Wed, 07 Oct 2015 8:46 pm

OIC.... yep makes sense, and I'll gladly respond to the survey this pm.

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