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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!

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
Proposed Idea              

I propose new studies into the prevalence of MAP bacteria and its role in IBD.

New research ive seen online indicates MAP could play a role in the cause of crohns. New research to detect and kill this bacteria may lead to a cure, better understanding, and better treatment for patients who are suffering from IBD.

Microbiome
last activity 11 months ago
15    3
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 8 months ago
2    2
Proposed Idea              

How does a patient's communication with their physician impact their quality of care? What communication techniques can be implemented in order to improve the patient-physician relationship?

Many patients find it difficult to talk to their physicians, this can prevent their doctors from knowing the full picture and may increase incorrect diagnoses or delay the diagnosis. Uncontrolled disease can be harder to control and controlling it correctly from the onset is crucial in disease management.

Other
last activity almost 2 years ago
11    1
Proposed Idea               Best Fit for Others

Are fecal transplants a safe and effective treatment for IBD?

Patients are experimenting with fecal transplants without the benefits of a scientific study determining effectiveness and safety. Can we pump more funds into understanding the role of microbes on IBD, and whether there is a safer way to introduce beneficial microbes into the gut?

Alternative Therapies
last activity 11 months ago
69    2

Is the gut flora of people with IBD similar to people with depression and/or anxiety? I propose exploring a connection between the microbiota associated with IBD and mental health disorders.

I believe this question to be important because disruption of the gut flora is implicated in autoimmune diseases, obesity and mental illness and finding connections could broaden the medical community's approach in treating all of the above. I also think the designation of these illnesses as primarily "western illnesses" is interesting, particularly given how our food system functions (antibiotic use in meat production, use of bleach on salad greens, etc).

Microbiome
last activity 11 months ago
30    1

We need to develop a better understanding of how nutrition as a whole affects IBD and put together a more comprehensive diet plan that includes the definite triggers.

Food has always been a contributing factor in my flares of Crohn's Disease, but the original recommendation by my doctors 20 years ago has turned out to be not only false, but the complete opposite of what I needed to be eating for my illness. I have recently started working on figuring out a better plan for my eating habits and have discovered a few things that I would like validated by research.

Diet
last activity 5 months ago
47    2

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 12 months ago
20    1

What are some modifiable lifestyle habits that have the most significant effects on IBD disease activity?

It would be great if we could identify key modifiable habits that effect disease activity (positive and negative) in order to understand ways to minimize disease activity? Some measures I would propose studying include: amount of sleep, alcohol use, smoking, hours worked per day or days per year, exercise, weight management, frequency of social/family interaction.

Lifestyle
last activity 9 months ago
9    2
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 2 years ago
4    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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Impact of Obesity on Disease Activity andPatient-Reported Outcomes Measurement InformationSystem (PROMIS) in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

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A Novel Patient-Reported Outcome-Based Evaluation (PROBE) of Quality of Life in Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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