Many thanks dbab!
I just wanted to thank you for taking part! It is very much appreciated.
Sorry I haven't checked back for a while, there seems to be some sort of 'spyware' that closes the screen when I come in from a bookmark.
Anyway, thank you both for your comments. Just thought I'd give a little response - to your responses.
Firstly, the faith question - it's just something that crops up on UK population census forms and many studies pop it in as an extra demographic/category question. It may well throw up one or two interesting associations, maybe people with a certain faith do or do not seek out complementary treatments.
Secondly, the questions about your Doctor. In short, don't worry (and thanks for your suggestions). I (think!) introduced those questions asking about the Doc you see most often about your symptoms (if I didn't I will amend the wording slightly). What may emerge is a general pattern that people may or may not be satisfied with different aspects of their time with their Doctors.
An interesting point you mention is information. I think there could be a study there in itself about where people go for information and if they feel empowered/in control of things because of that.
I suppose I should mention that I was intending to only target people from the UK, but I did get some emails and interest from far and wide so decided to open it out and hopefully it's fairly easy to negotiate through with the added notes 'for non-uk participants'.
I've gone on longer than I intended, so I'll just say thanks again!!
Thanks for your comments Keriamon - if I get enough responses from the US and Canada I will compare the results with those from the UK.
It's an interesting debate about restrooms/toilets. I think the current London Mayor is on a bit of a crusade to provide more facilities - but he's trying to get shops and other premises to open their 'doors' to the public as such. Typically the attitude here in the UK is that if you are going to use the facilities you have to buy something (ie a drink) otherwise you won't be allowed in. Generally, in the UK there is a lack of maintained public facilities and I doubt it will change overnight.
The good news is, some areas of London are beginning to relax this 'attitude' a bit and welcome people to using their facilities, particularly parents with young children.
It's a valid idea. I'll see how the results come out! I think any campaign could be centred on gastrointestinal disorders per se to gain more clout. A few support groups could be enlisted to get the media interested........
Thanks again for the comments and Sarita I doubt you are an oddie, you may prefer the term 'individual' ?
I forgot to say if any of you know people that may be interested in taking part and don't post here - then feel free to email them the study link.
A big thank you all round for everyone's interest and responses.
Due to a really good response from far and wide, I have extended my cut off date for recruitment. So if anyone really fancies the urge to take part, the link is in the first post.
Thanks to all those that have taken part, and just a reminder that you don't need to participate again.