NUI Call for Participants

NUI Galway invite you to take part in a study focusing on the experiences of dating and romantic relationships for Irish adults living with MS. This study may provide useful information for health professionals when working with adults living with MS. 

Aim of Study

We are interested in exploring the experience of people with a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis as they navigate the dating world. We want to better understand how living with MS influences developing romantic relationships. We are particularly interested in this study in the experiences of those who are single or in the early stages of relationships.

Why have I been invited?

You have been invited to participate as you have a diagnosis of M.S. and are over the age of 18. You may have experience in dating or in using online dating or dating apps.

What would I have to do?

This study will explore your dating experiences through participating in an online focus group. If you decide to take part in the study, you will be asked take part in one online focus group with a few other people. We anticipate that the group will last no longer than 90 minutes and you can participate from home or wherever you are comfortable. You will be able to join using a smart phone or computer/laptop/tablet. You do not have to turn on your camera for the discussion. You can also ask the researchers for help at any stage. You do not have to discuss anything that you are not comfortable with. We will not ask for any intimate information. We will provide you with a sheet that covers some of the areas that we will discuss in the focus group. We will use the software Zoom to host the focus group.

The study will involve a one-off online focus group that will take place in June 2020.

How to take part

If you do want to participate, please e-mail Sinead will then discuss the study and you will have a chance to have any queries or concerns addressed. If you decide to take part in the study, you will be asked to sign a consent form. If you are interested in taking part or want to find out more please click here