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Online IBS Studies

Here are ways that you can help advance research – from the comfort of your home. Take part in these studies (or find in-person study locations).   

Online IBS Survey

Have you had bad or good experiences being treated for your bowel symptoms by your health care provider? 

Now you have a chance to help us understand what it is that makes for a good patient-provider relationship by taking this survey.

Your information will be used to help identify the factors making for a good patient-provider relationship and to help providers better meet the needs of their patients. Information provided will be confidential and merged with hundreds of other participants.

The survey is being conducted by the University of Michigan and the Drossman Center for Education and Practice of Biopsychosocial Care, in cooperation with IFFGD.

To begin the survey please visit this link. Thank you for your help in this important research project.

Updated March 2015

IFFGD's IBS Unmet Needs Survey

IFFGD wants to understand how IBS affects your daily routine, the ways your life is affected by IBS, and where the needs are for treatments – but we need your help. If you have IBS, participate in this confidential online survey, and help advance our mission to improve lives.

Log on to IFFGD’s survey web page:  Go »  

Online IBS Intervention

The purpose of this study is to find a complementary treatment to help Irritable Bowel Syndrome patients in need of relief.

Who May Participate:

  • Individuals experiencing pain or discomfort associated with their gut
  • Cannot be smokers or have an inflammatory bowel disease
  • Must be between the ages of 18 – 65 years

About The Study: The length of this study will be three weeks long, with a short online intervention everyday to help individuals deal with their body’s reactions to their environments. Participants will have additional surveys to assess their overall state at the beginning of the study, at the end of the three week intervention, and again at six weeks for a follow-up.

How to Sign Up:

There will be a $15 Target gift card for first 30 participants upon completion of study.

Study Contact: Jenna N. Ray,  Health Psychologist, Univ NC Charlotte
(919) 257 – 7291

September 2014

A research study of IBS patients and their partners.

IBS patients know that their intimate relationships can have an effect on how they are feeling. However, it is not known whether agreement or disagreement regarding issues such as cause of IBS, beliefs about illness, harmony in relationship may have an effect on IBS symptoms. This is an important question that may affect the way IBS is treated.

Our study requires patients to complete 5 brief questionnaires and partners to complete 3 brief questionnaires. Patients and partners will be contacted separately and results will be strictly confidential with no way of identifying subjects.

If patient and partner are willing to participate, please contact:, and links to a secure survey site will be sent individually to both patient and partner, with instructions. From that point on, no identifying information will be stored.

*If you wish to participate, please have patient and partner reply separately and indicate BOTH the name of the name of the patient and the name of the partner (and please clarify who is the patient and who is the partner).

Drs. Charles and Mary-Joan Gerson, The Mind-Body Digestive Center

August 2014

Understanding Episodes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Online Study

Have you been diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)? If so, you are eligible to help out with a one time online survey that may take up to 20 minutes to complete. 

Douglas A. Drossman, M.D. and Stephan Weinland, Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina (UNC) Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders in Chapel Hill have constructed an online survey in order to compile written reports of IBS episodes and gain a better understanding of the symptoms and experiences people have during an IBS episode.  The survey is completely confidential and you will not be asked any identifying information. 

To participate in the survey, please click on the following link:  


Go to this IFFGD web page to . . .  

  • Find a listing of places where you can take part in studies involving many different digestive disorders  Go »    


Last modified on March 6, 2015 at 10:20:43 AM