With figures suggesting 1 in every 100 people are affected by it, it might come as a surprise that there isn’t a current screening programme for coeliacs in the UK. The autoimmune disease, triggered by a reaction to gluten - found in wheat, barley and rye - can cause severe symptoms.
Bloating, diarrhoea, tiredness and weight loss are among symptoms diagnosed. Once diagnosed, a gluten-free diet for the life can help patients manage the condition.
Now researchers at the University of Cumbria are set to embark on a research project aimed at examining the support available for people diagnosed with coeliac disease.
“We’re particularly keen to interview people who’ve been diagnosed and are following a gluten free diet,” Philippa Laskey, research and teaching assistant in applied psychology who’s leading the project. “We’re aiming to establish exactly what kind of help is on offer and whether or not it’s adequate for patients faced with what can be a debilitating condition.”
To take part you must be over 18 years of age and able to come to the Fusehill Street campus of the University of Cumbria in Carlisle. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org