Food and activity logging: a study of mobile app usage to monitor diet and exercise among people with IBS

You are invited to participate in a survey exploring how people use food and physical activity logging mobile applications in their daily lives to monitor diet and/or exercise.


By completing this questionnaire you will help in gathering an understanding of the reasons that can influence the use of food and activity logging apps. In particular, the aim of this research is to investigate the information behaviour and information literacy of food and activity logging using mobile apps among people who have IBS.


This questionnaire will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.


This research is being conducted by a team of researchers from the Information School, University of Sheffield, and does not require the researchers to access any of your personal information. You will not be asked to provide any personal or sensitive information.


Your responses will be kept completely confidential and anonymous in line with the University of Sheffield Ethics Policy. All data collected during this study will be stored and processed in line with the requirements of the EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC.


Anything you read during this research should be treated as confidential. Any information presented during the course of this research is done so solely to explore reactions to such information and should be assumed to represent hypotheses about what can be said about a product or application. It should not be used to influence decisions outside the research setting.


The data from this study will be reported in peer-reviewed journal articles and will be shared with IBS Network. 


By proceeding to the next page, I confirm that I have read, understood, and accept the points above and am happy to proceed with the research survey on this basis.


Thank you for your participation. Pam Mckinney, Andrew Cox, Laura Sbaffi. For further information you can contact us by e-mail at:


If you have any difficulties with, or wish to voice concern about, any aspect of your participation in this study, please contact Dr. Ana Vasconcelos, Research Ethics Coordinator, Information School, The University of Sheffield (, or to the University Registrar and Secretary.