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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

Barriers Persons with Celiac Disease Experience When Adhering to a Gluten Free Diet

Celiac disease is a common genetically pre-determined condition that causes an autoimmune response in individuals who cannot tolerate gluten. Gluten is the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Without strict adherence to a gluten free diet, persons with celiac disease face an increased risk of morbidity and mortality. There is limited research on the behavioral, environmental, and contributing factors that cause persons difficulty when, attempting to adhere to a gluten free diet. The purpose of this research is to conduct a needs assessment to pinpoint these factors. A 32-question survey was created and distributed to over 250 individuals with celiac disease. Survey results will be analyzed using SPSS. This analysis will determine the factors that cause the greatest degree of difficulty for individuals attempting to adhere to a gluten free diet. Contributing factors identified in this study can than be used to develop specific programs to increase the quality of life for persons with celiac disease.

Presenter: Kimberly Baker (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Health Science
Location: 214 Hartwell
Time: 9 am (Session I)