Chronic illness and pain can not only affect the life of the person living with it, but also those around them. Throughout the years, many parents have expressed concerns in our support groups about their limitations being a burden on their loved ones – especially their children.
Why are they doing this study? LLU says:
Research on chronic pain patients is needed to help improve the care available to them and their families. This study is being conducted as part of a student project and will try to add to the information available on parents’ pain and the effects of the pain on their child.
The study requires participation from both the parent and the child. It is done on online where participants can enter responses anonymously. The study is on a volunteer basis; so participants may stop at any time. LLU warns that there may be some risks to participating in this study:
Because some of the questions will be asking you and your child about negative feelings, this may cause both of you to reflect on your emotions. If you feel you or your child may have problems coping with emotions you may want to ask your doctor for a referral to a professional to help you with these issues. …. You and your child can stop participating at any time after starting the survey and discard any of the information you may have already entered up to that point.
According to LLU, participants who complete the survey may enter themselves in a drawing for a $20 Amazon.com gift card (about 25% of participants will receive a card).
CLICK HERE for details about this study. Currently, the study is scheduled to end in May 2011, but could end early depending on participation.
IDA is not affiliated with LLU nor this study. Participation is at your own risk; seek advice from your doctor.