The purpose of this study is to evaluate how IBS may impact how you feel about yourself because of attitudes others may hold about IBS and people affected by it. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a chronic GI condition affecting up to 20% of the population. However it is still poorly understood with limited treatment options, making life with IBS challenging for some people. Many chronic illnesses are stigmatized; that is others may hold negative beliefs or attitudes toward an illness or people who are diagnosed with it. We have found that people with IBS perceive that others hold negative attitudes toward IBS. This study seeks to expand upon this previous research and better understand the effects that illness stigma may have on IBS patients. We aim to have a total of 200 people participate in this study over the next 6 months.

Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. If you have any questions or concerns about this study, please contact Dr. Tiffany Taft, study investigator, at ttaft@northwestern.edu or 312-695-1632.

Please proceed to the next page to review the study consent form.

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