My name is Mahamed Diriye. I am currently a 3rd year undergraduate student studying Psychology & an affiliate member of the University of East London Chronic Illness research team. The purpose of this team is to carry out research into many different conditions & illnesses that are not visible to anyone else, but may cause pain & discomfort . We look at the ways in which the illness or disease affects the lives of the people who suffer from these wide range of conditions. We look into the factors that may contribute to the illness, the effects that they have on the individual with the illness or condition & how they may be tackled.
Me & 2 of my colleagues are currently engaged in & conducting a 3rd year research project on type 1 diabetes as all 3 of us have a particular interest in diabetes as we each know people affected by the condition.
The purpose of our study is to assess the relation of certain psychosocial aspects in type 1 diabetic individuals. What we refer to when we say “psychosocial aspects”, are aspects of a person & of life that may influence other aspects. Another definition may be the numerous psychological & social aspects of life that influence a person’s ability to manage daily functioning. Things like a persons’ relationships with others or hostility (social) & self-confidence/ self-esteem (from your psyche – the mind). The psychosocial aspects we are looking to study are: social support, illness intrusiveness, memory lapses & depression & anxiety. The study aims to discover how these variables inter-relate & what can be predicted & determined by looking at their relationship.
The study has received ethical approval from the University’s ethics committee & is a questionnaire-type study. We are excited about this piece of research and its development and we do have the aim of having it published so it can contribute to other research in this area.
Participants would need to have type 1 diabetes & be over 18 to take part. All that is required for participation is to complete 5 short questionnaires which we hope will not take up much of your time. We are happy to share results with you if you are interested & all data will be kept strictly confidential.
Please PM me or e-mail me on email@example.com if you are interested in participating in the study or have any questions, queries or concerns regarding the study.
Mark Lucherini is a PhD student from The University of Glasgow, Scotland. He is conducting a human geography PhD on the ‘Everyday Geographies of Living With Diabetes’.
This research explores the ways in which diabetes affects the day-to-day life of a person for instance when at home, at work, out with friends or family, travelling on public transport and the many other situations that occur during day-to-day life. His interest in this topic stems from his own diagnosis with type 1 diabetes in 2008 at the age of 22.
As part of his data collection he has constructed an online questionnaire and he would be very grateful if anyone would have the time to complete it:
Hello, we are running a pilot study by Plymouth University, PCMD & funded by Diabetes UK called the Diabetes App Challenge. We are looking for 16-25 year old T1 diabetics living in the UK with a clinic appointment before the end of Feb 2013. All you need to do is sign up via our website http://www.diabetesappchallenge.org.uk (which also offers more information) and choose from 6 apps on offer (mobile app & websites), created by other young people with diabetes to help prepare for clinic appointments, review it after your appointment and receive £20 Amazon voucher as our thank you for taking part!
Thank you Alison! Sorry about the age restriction of participants, this project focus is on those in transition and early adult care, but if anyone knows anyone who is in that age group you are welcome to let them know about it!
Thank you again,
I was wondering if anyone might be able to help me- I am a 24 year old type 1 diabetic, currently conducting some unpaid health psychology research regarding diabetes at Northumbria University. The research has been granted full ethical approval, and further information is given at the start of the survey. All information provided by participants will be kept strictly confidential, and only accessible by myself or my research supervisor.
I am looking for participants with diabetes- no matter whether type 1, type 2 or any other- who are over 18, to complete an online survey in order to hopefully highlight the need for better psychological support for individuals with diabetes. The survey will assess your personality, your satisfaction with your doctor, your perceieved quality of life since being diagnosed with diabetes and your adherence to treatment and hopes to then be able to accurately evaluate the significance of psychological variables on individuals with diabetes. It is my opinion that not enough psychosocial support is offered to individuals with diabetes- whether newly diagnosed or throughout the lifetime, and am hoping that the results of this research will be able to highlight this shortcoming in diabetes care.
The link to the online survey is: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/important-diabetes-survey. If you are eligible to take part, please please do. You will may be helping change the face of diabetes care for the future!! If you have any queries about the study, please feel free to contact me on the email below.
I was wondering if I might be able to speak to any of you for 10-15 minutes for a bit of diabetes research I am undertaking? The context to this request: I have worked in healthcare for a while and got quite frustrated with the buzzwords we often hear in the NHS – patient-centred care, patient empowerment etc. I feel passionately about how end service users – like ourselves – should be involved in any healthcare decision-making. I left my role to explore new ways of how people can be placed at the heart of healthcare delivery, especially around how technology can be used to connect people. You are all already on this journey through the use of this online community so I was keen to speak with you.
I am in the process of speaking to a number of people with diabetes, charities and healthcare organisations. I would love to have a quick chat to better understand the impact of diabetes on your daily life and what services you feel are currently missing in your local areas. Please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are up for a brief chat! Many thanks for your help.
Please consider participating in my research study and distributing it widely. The following advertisement is approved by the University of Georgia’s IRB:
Exploring Men’s Gender Role Conflict and Treatment Adherence in Type-1 Diabetic Men
We are interested in how gender and gender roles are related to your diabetes, especially in men. If you are at least 18 years old and would like more information about this research study please visit:
If you volunteer to participate, the survey will take approximately 20-25 minutes in total to complete.
Please help us by passing this information along! By completing the research survey, you will have the opportunity to register for one of two $50 gift cards. If you do not wish to participate in this research study but would like to enter into the drawing, please contact me at email@example.com.
The person in charge of this study is Bret Ringdahl, M.A., of University of Georgia Department of Counseling and Human Development Services. Bret is a doctoral student in counseling psychology and is being supervised in this project by Bernadette Heckman, Ph.D. For more information on them and their research programs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bret Ringdahl, M.A.
Doctoral Student, Counseling Psychology
Graduate Teaching Assistant
The University of Georgia
407 Aderhold Hall
Athens, GA 30602
I am a post graduate student at Goldsmiths in London writing my dissertation about Diabetics and wearable technology/medical apps. Essentially, my study is about cultural anthropology/sociology and why consumers make the choices they do (in this case why someone would use Telehealth or not). If you are interesting in taking part, I would be extremely interested in having a 30-45 minutes interview with you. This can take place over the phone and I will not need any personal information regarding your medical history etc, although all information given will be made anonymous. I am particularly interested in speaking to people in their 30s – 70s.