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Welcome to IBD Partners Research Ideas Page!

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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!

How can we help couples make more informed decisions regarding medication usage during pregnancy and nursing? Most biologics have not even had animal studies conducted.

Making healthy decisions about the health of one's unborn child is one of the most important responsibilities of a parent. Any help the medical community can give would help with better outcomes for babies and mothers in addition to easing pre-pregnancy anxieties.

Women's Health
last activity about 1 year ago
4    2

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 about 3 years ago
5    3

What portion of IBD patients also have IBS? How can IBS be accurately diagnosed in patients with IBD? How can patients/clinicians identify symptoms due to IBD versus IBS, and what treatments are best?

Irratable bowel syndrome (IBS) has many of the same symptoms as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Many patients with IBD may also experience IBS making it difficult to know how to treat given that the two conditions are managed differently. Clinicians sometimes attribute symptoms of abdominal pain or diarrhea to IBS without further investigation. I would like to see further study into why many patients continue to experience IBD symptoms when clinical signs suggest remission, and how to best manage these symptoms. I would also like to see how frequently IBS is inaccurately diagnosed.

Procedures And Testing
last activity about 1 year ago
20    1

How does disease activity and symptoms compare between patients with a vegan/vegetarian versus those who consume meat.

There are many various diets claiming health benefits but it's often difficult to compare complex diets. Vegan and vegetarian diets are simple dietary restrictions that are somewhat common and can be assessed more easily.

Diet
last activity about 1 year ago
8    4

I propose researching medical cannabis for both symptom management and clinical remission.

Several studies have already been done in Israel at the Meir Institute with very promising results. A placebo controlled study with medication-resistant patients showed a remission rate approximately the same as leading medications. (~50% clinical remission.) Creating safer medications that are also less expensive than current medications should be a high priority, particularly given the promising results, both clinical and anecdotal, and the rising approval of medical cannabis across the US.

Alternative Therapies
last activity 10 months ago
39    1

How can the sCDAI be accurately assessed for Crohn's patients who experience constipation and not frequent and/or loose bowel movements?

Diarrhoea is not a symptom in all Crohn's patients. This causes two primary issues. The first issue is the length of time to be tested and diagnosed as constipation is not often seen as a symptom. Second, most disease activity surveys/charts/measurements become inaccurate for those who do not experience loose, watery stools. This only adds to the frustration and alienation of the patient from society and now their own IBD community.

Procedures And Testing
last activity about 4 years ago
5    1

Did the Holocaust have to do with the rise in IBD?

We know that Jews of European decent have a much higher chance of having an IBD. We know that the number of diagnosis of IBD has risen significantly in the last few decades. What is the one huge event that happened to the Jews of Europe just 70 years ago? The Holocaust. It could be a gene that was associated with another gene that promoted survival. It could have been a gene mutation due to living in extreme conditions. It could have been the terrible sanitation. It could have been the trauma that had been passed on to the following generations... there is much to investigate there. I come from a family of Holocaust survivors, myself. Thank you for your consideration.

Genetics
last activity over 3 years ago
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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 over 1 year ago
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Trends and Characteristics of Clinical Trials Participation for Inflammatory Bowel Disease in the United States: A Report From IBD Partners

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

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Impact of Obesity on Disease Activity andPatient-Reported Outcomes Measurement InformationSystem (PROMIS) in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

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The Effects of Antidepressant Medication and Social Support on Disease Progression in IBD Patients

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Symptom Clusters in Adults with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Psychological Factors Associated with Adherence to Oral Treatment in IBD

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