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Welcome to IBD Partners Research Ideas Page!

In this area you will be able to:

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You are an active participant in  IBD Partners research prioritization process! Have you ever had a question about IBD that you wish science could answer? Tell us what research is important to you!

Here, you can submit a research idea to the community, cast your votes, and discuss research ideas proposed by other members. Please make your research question as specific as possible. Other members will vote on your research idea, and we will prioritize research ideas with the most votes.

You are allowed to vote for your own proposed research idea if you want. However, you can only vote for a total of five research ideas. If you have already cast your five votes and an idea you like even more is proposed, you can change your votes at any time to reflect your current preferences.

The research team will review all submitted ideas and provide a response to you and to the community. If your idea leads to an IBD Partners Study, you will have the opportunity to serve as a patient collaborator on the research team for that study.

We encourage you to prioritize the ideas that are most important to you, even if the research team determines that your idea is not a good fit for IBD Partners. We will share ideas labeled “Not a Good Fit” with researchers outside of our network when appropriate. We want to make sure all of your votes count!

Thanks for your participation in this important platform to help the IBD research community understand what research questions are important to patients. We are passionate about finding answers to your questions!

Proposed Idea              

Do prior authorizations required by insurance companies cause delays in patient therapies, and can these delays be correlated in an increased risk of treatment failures or increased disease activity?

In my experience with IBD, I have had several experiences where my insurance companies PA requirements have delayed my therapies weeks or months. I believe that this may lead to increased disease activity and poorer treatment outcomes or increased risk of treatment failure. If studies can effectively demonstrate this relationship, perhaps insurance companies will recognize the potential increased costs of therapy delays that result from the PA process and will strive to improve the expediency of their PA processes.

Other
last activity about 1 month ago
28    3

Improve interdisciplinary work between GI and GYN to better serve female IBD patient base. Improve education of women IBD patients about their specific risks, ie of chronic pain after fistulectomy.

Women's sexual health remains an underfunded research area, and female IBD patients are at higher risk to suffer from chronic sexual pain.

Women's Health
last activity 7 months ago
20    2

How safe is it for IBD patients to become pregnant? How do medications affect the child, and what steps should the parents take before deciding to conceive?

There is very little research available to patients on the effects of IBD medication on unborn children. Many patients are left trying to weigh the risks themselves, without a complete understanding of the long-term effects.

Women's Health
last activity 3 months ago
18    3

Do depressed IBD patients receive treatment for their depression?

In light of recent data from Partners showing a link between depression and a subsequent flare, im curious how many patients seek/receive treatment so as to minimize the risk of a flare. For those that don't, I wonder why and what barriers might impact access to care.

Other
last activity over 1 year ago
5    3
Proposed Idea              

Are longer wait periods for doctor appointments associated with increased risk of emergency rooms visits and/or hospitalizations? Does it result in increased use of steroids and/or antibiotics?

I've experienced a huge variability between different doctors/clinics in their ability to fit me in for appointments when requested. I suspect that when doctors have appointment wait lists that exceed a month, it increases the risk of a patient requiring emergency care or hospitalization and it increases the likelihood that patient's will use more steroids and/or antibiotics. Studying this effect may help identify an unmet need for better patient triage services at the doctors office.

Other
last activity over 1 year ago
4    1
Proposed Idea               Best Fit for Others

We should determine why the prevalence of IBD in developing countries is so low, yet immigrants from those countries and their children are at increased risk of IBD.

This question might help decipher the contribution of genetic and environmental factors (e.g. sunlight, the microbiome, exposure to antibiotics)

Environment
last activity about 1 year ago
43    1

I would like more research done on using the combination of a biologic (Humira) and Azathioprine (Imuran) together for treatment of crohns. Are the benefits really worth the risk? or is the risk not that bad?

I am on both of these meds and I have been questioned by my pharmacist about taking both of them together. I have read about the risks, and I'm not sure if I really do need both of the drugs. The information I have read seems to imply that getting cancer at some point is almost a certainty.

Medications
last activity about 1 year ago
7    4

What pain treatment options (pharmacologic or otherwise) do IBD patients find most effective, and what are the risks associated with these treatments.

Many pain medications are addictive and/or harmful, particularly in IBD patients. Pain is a common symptom of IBD. I would like to explore patient experiences of the efficacy of pain treatments including: acupunctue, message therapy, heat therapy, NSAIDs, acetaminophen, SNRI antidepressants, tramadol, opiate pain medications. Either through literature review or additional research, it would be valuable to see a comprehensive review of risks and benefits of common pain treatments specific to use in IBD patients.

Medications
last activity 7 days ago
17    1
Proposed Idea              

Effects of soluble and insoluble fiber on patients with Ulcerative Colitis vs Crohn's disease.

So many patients with IBD avoid high fiber foods for fear of exacerbating their symptoms. A previous CCFA Partners study "Avoidance of Fiber is Associated with Greater Risk of Crohn's Disease Flare in a 6 Month Period" addressed this, but unfortunately did not differentiate between soluble and insoluble fiber. There is not enough research on IBD and diet in general, but I believe it is so important, because we all have to eat. A high fiber diet is considered to be important for many aspects of good health in the general public. But insoluble fiber specifically is a part of the diet that is widely considered by IBD patients to be taboo. This thought is based on our own personal conclusions rather than on good, solid research. I want to know if and when it's safe to eat fruits and vegetables, and how to prepare them.

Diet
last activity about 1 month ago
6    0
Proposed Idea              

Can ulcers be healed using Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy? Is this an effective method to help promote healing in the intestines?

I think it is important to give IBDers the tools to help their body heal. Hyperbaric oxygen chambers have few risks and are non invasive. If we can speed up the healing of our intestines, this would benefit the patient greatly in their ability to become healthy again after finding a treatment that calms the inflammation.

Procedures And Testing
last activity about 1 year ago
1    1

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Diet Low in Red and Processed Meat Does Not Reduce Rate of Crohn’s Disease Flares

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Active Studies VIEW ALL
Genetic and Environmental Risks for Inflammatory Bowel Disease Study

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