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Dear all,

My name is Kelly Colht, and I am a graduate student at the University of Washington. I'm writing to announce a study being conducted by Dr. Annie Chen at the University of Washington School of Medicine, on "body listening".

The study takes the form of a collaborative repository, which participants will build with moderators by engaging in a ten-week Guided Exploration to identify and elaborate on different aspects of body listening, as well as related concepts such as "body awareness." The Guided Exploration aims to extract patient experiences to forward our knowledge of "body listening" and related concepts and, in addition, to create a resource to help people develop their own skills in these areas.

If you elect to participate, you might share how you learned what could trigger pain for you, or how you learned to recognize food sensitivities. This collaborative space is a place where you can post experiences concerning body listening and share with others how you learned/are learning to do it, as well as learn from others.

The act of "body listening" is one that people may engage in regardless of who they are. An experience like having a long-term illness, though, may lead a person to learn to become aware of and listen to body signals and cues more than they might have otherwise. Despite the likelihood that body listening is a key factor in people's ability to manage and improve their own health and wellbeing, there are serious gaps in the availability of information about this phenomenon and how to engage in it. This project is intended for anyone who is interested in, or would like to contribute to knowledge on the phenomenon of "body listening."

The stories that you share may be helpful for the health care community and for other patients to understand more about the information you needed to get where you are now, and the information you still need. In this way, we hope we can work together to improve people's ability to manage their health everywhere. We hope that you will join our site and participate in the Guided Exploration effort to create a new knowledge resource on body listening!

To participate by contributing what you know about body listening, or to learn more about what participation entails, please visit the Body Listening Project website:

Thank you, and I look forward to learning from the experiences you share!

- Kelly and the rest of the Body Listening Project Team

Please note that this study has undergone review and been approved by a University of Washington institutional review board. The study id is: 51020
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