November 13, 2014

Have you ever wondered how many people with chronic lung conditions use dietary supplements like fish oil, vitamin C or calcium? Or why people might take these kinds of supplements?

Researchers at the University of South Australia have been wondering about this as well!

The 2011-12 National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey (NNPAS) reported that 29% of Australians used dietary supplements (Australian  Bureau of Statistics, 20141), whereas an earlier survey of Australians aged 65 to 98 years found that 43% reported using some kind of supplement (Brownie et al 20062).We are interested in finding out what kinds of dietary supplements are used and why people with chronic lung conditions might (or might not) use supplements.

We have created a short survey for ANYONE WHO HAS A CHRONIC LUNG CONDITION, regardless of whether they DO or DO NOT USE supplements. The survey is voluntary and COMPLETELY ANONYMOUS, and will take up to 15 minutes to complete. The survey can be accessed via this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F8H8RFJ.

If you would prefer to complete the survey on paper or have additional questions, please call 08 8302 1365 and leave your details. A survey will be posted to you.

Results from this survey will be provided to Lung Foundation Australia for publication in a future edition of LungNet News. This study has ethics approval from the University of South Australia (Protocol no. 33615).