Anyone, anywhere, who has Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and reads English can now contribute easily to a global fact bank on people with serious chronic illness. It is designed to pinpoint the factors that distinguish those patients who achieve better health and recovery. The “Niagara Health Study,” conducted by Canada’s Brock University, is gathering the raw data via an online “no-names-involved” survey. Your contribution is needed. The wide-ranging sets of multiple choice questions you will click through are easy to answer, yet also often intriguing and thought-provoking. And, though users need not answer all questions, this survey leaves no stone unturned in probing the respondent’s life, psyche, attitudes, health and illness history, and relationships. All told, the survey moves through more than 50 screens. It assigns each user a number, in chronological order of survey access. So if you want to answer a few questions at a time, you just refer to your number and come back as many times as you want until you finish. Or you can decide to withdraw at any time. To access the survey, go to www.brocku.ca/niagarahealthstudy
. A report on the data and findings from this worldwide study will be reported by mid-2007.