Opinions of people with IBS towards Hypnotherapy 

IBS research – UK volunteers needed

Refractory Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) sufferer’s attitudes and opinions towards hypnotherapy as a treatment.

I am looking for people who have;

  • Received a formal diagnosis of Refractory IBS. Refractory IBS means that a person has been diagnosed with IBS and received prescribed medication from their doctor but is still suffering with IBS 12 months later.
  • Currently live in the UK
  • And who have not seen a hypnotherapist for their IBS.

If you fit this description I would like to invite you to take part in an interview based research study. Before committing please take a few moments to read the following and consider if this is something which you feel comfortable to participate in.

What is the purpose of the study?  

In 2008 the National Institute for Care Excellence (NICE), who decides on ‘best practice’ for the NHS authorized the use of hypnotherapy to treat refractory IBS. As part of my doctoral research I am interested in finding out sufferer’s attitudes and opinions towards hypnotherapy and its use within the NHS.

Do I have to take part?

Participation is entirely voluntary and much appreciated. Feel free to ask any questions at any time you like. You can withdraw at any time you like without having to explain.


What will happen to me if I take part?

If you agree to become involved;

  1. I will come to interview you at the location of your choice, your home or at the University of Birmingham for example.
  2. I will obtain your written permission to conduct the interview.
  3. The interview will last 45-60 minutes.
  4. With your permission I will record the interview.
  5. I will ask questions around your general experience of IBS and IBS treatment as well as attitudes towards hypnosis and hypnotherapy.
  6. After the interview the recording will be transcribed and any identifiable data will be removed.
  7. If you wish your details can be retained by me so that I can inform you of the findings of the study (this may be several months or more than a year after the initial interview)


Expenses and payments?

If as part of the study you incur any reasonable incidental expenses, such as travel, then these will be met. Please bring these to my attention prior to our meeting to enable budgeting and please retain any relevant receipts.


What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?

As this research is based on an interview there are no risks to your health, however IBS can be a very personal topic and I advise you to consider how comfortable you will feel divulging personal experience to a relative stranger and in particularly to consider this when deciding where you would like me to meet you for the interview.


Is it confidential?

All information is confidential and will only be seen in full by myself and a transcriber who is bound by confidentiality. During the transcription phase identifying details will be removed to maintain your anonymity. Your details will be retained by myself for a period of 10 years in a secure locked file, after which they will be appropriately destroyed. Your data will not be used for any purpose other than those directly related with this study.


What if there is a problem?

In any study there are a number of possible problems which may arise. The most common of which is that you need to cancel or rearrange the appointment for the interview, in this eventuality please contact me (Matt) on 0739 295 7945.

In the event of a more serious problem or complaint you may contact myself (Matt 0739 295 7945) or if you would prefer to speak to someone else then please contact Professor Sheila Greenfield who is supervising this research on 0121 414 6493.

You are entitled to withdraw from the study at any point up to a month after the interview.


What will happen to the results of the research study?

The research is primarily for academic purposes and as such will be used, in an anonymised form, to help write an article for a peer reviewed journal and be used as part of my PhD thesis. Specifically, verbatim quotes may be used, these will not be identifiable.


Who is organising or sponsoring the research?

The research is being organised with the University of Birmingham and is receiving no funding from any other sources.


Further information and contact details:

Mobile 0739 295 7945

University E-mail  MJK599@student.bham.ac.uk


The Interviewer

Matt Krouwel is a Post graduate research student with University of Birmingham working towards a PhD in Health and Population Science.