Physical Activity and its Impact on Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Research type

    Research Study

  • Full title

    Physical Activity in Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A survey from the patient's perspective



  • Contact name

    Kirsty Hunter

  • Contact email

  • Sponsor organisation

    Nottingham Trent University

  • Duration of Study in the UK

    1 years, 0 months, 1 days

  • Research summary

    The present study is an integral component of a doctoral research project aimed at enhancing the provision of physical activity guidance for individuals with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) by healthcare professionals. The primary objective of this study is to gather Participant and Patient Information, facilitating an in-depth exploration of the perspectives and experiences of physical activity among individuals living with IBS. This will involve the collection of tailored questionnaire and interview data, focusing on factors such as IBS symptom severity, quality of life, anxiety, depression, physical activity levels, and barriers encountered while engaging in physical activity among IBS patients. The findings from this Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) study will serve as a foundation for the development of subsequent interventions involving physical activity for individuals with IBS.

    Recruitment for this study will be conducted through established NHS channels, such as IBS clinics. We are currently collaborating with Dr. Maura Corsetti, a referral consultant specialising in functional disorders of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract at the Nottingham Digestive Diseases Centre, and Miss Lauren Robinson, a Clinical Physiologist with expertise in Gastrointestinal Services at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. They have played an integral role in the study's design and, pending approval from NHS Ethics, will serve as our primary means of recruiting participants.

  • REC name

    South Central - Hampshire A Research Ethics Committee

  • REC reference


  • Date of REC Opinion

    2 Feb 2024

  • REC opinion

    Favourable Opinion