I am a full time student enrolled on the MSc Applied Psychology course at Coventry University and am looking for 40 participants who experience constant or intermittent chronic pelvic pain, aged 18 or over to take part in a research project. Diagnosis isn't necessary as I'm interested in pain symptoms. Location isn't important as it's all based on online and via email.
I'm looking at how useful mindfulness practice and social support can be for the quality of life for women that experience chronic pelvic pain.
The research question is: Can mindfulness and social support improve the quality of life for women that experience chronic pelvic pain?
Participants will be asked about their symptoms and medication and also what they hope to gain from participating in this study.
Participants will be assigned to one of two groups, either the online mindfulness course or the online support group. Both groups are free of charge. Both groups will last eight weeks.
The mindfulness group will complete four questionnaires before and after the course. Participants will be asked to keep a meditation log and email it to me weekly. The course is clearly outlined per week. Participants can follow the course in their own time in the comfort of their own home. I will keep in touch with participants and be available to answer any questions.
The support group will be assigned a day of the week and a time to log into the group to take part in a supportive conversation. Participants can contribute to the group at any time, from the comfort of their own home. Participants will be asked to complete four questionnaires before and after the group.
Participants can withdraw from either group at any time, and will not be pressured to give reasons or return to the group.
It is hoped that participants will notice a change in their quality of life from taking part in either group.
Those who are assigned to the support group will also be given free access to the mindfulness group after the initial 8 weeks.
For more information or to take part please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
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