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- Propose, vote on, and discuss research ideas
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Could virtual colonoscopy replace conventional colonoscopy as a routine method of assessment for patients in remission?
Virtual colonoscopy is less invasive, reducing the risk of bowel perforation and eliminating the need for anesthesia.
Body Image Dissatisfaction in Pediatric Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Obesity Is Associated with Worse Disease Activity in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases: an Internet Based Cohort Study