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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!

Can IBD lead to the formation of depression/anxiety?

I've noticed on Twitter that there is a need of psychologists that understand how IBD can effect one's mental state of being.

Lifestyle
last activity 3 months ago
20    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 2 years ago
5    3

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 3 months ago
30    1

Can positive emotions favorably influence IBD patient status?

Research tends to focus on negative emotional state (depression) and the potential downside. Work by Dr B. Fredrickson shows positive emotions can provide favorable health impact and has developed a simple on line tool to measure positive emotions which could be incorporated into this site to do research going forward.

Other
last activity almost 2 years ago
8    1

How many IBD patients have ever been referred for counseling or offered an antidepressant by their gastroenterologist?

Depression and anxiety levels are very high in this population. Extending care to the whole person would make sense in managing disease and quality of life.

Lifestyle
last activity over 3 years ago
7    1
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What are the impacts of multiple bowel resections on a patient's serotonin levels?

Depression is a standard part of the impact of Crohn's disease, and living with Crohn's impacts many of the behaviors a person can do to manage depression. Is it possible that by removing sections of bowel, where much of our serotonin is found in our bodies, that patients are increasing the likelihood of living with depression and decreasing the impact of positive behavioral strategies (since their serotonin levels are so much lower)?

Mental Health
last activity 3 months ago
0    0
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A great deal of research has been done that showed that dog visits to hospitals boosted mood and reduced pain, anxiety and depression. Does having a dog reduce pain and depression for Crohn's or IBD?

I have had reactions to the biologics and I am concerned about the risk of cancer, as it runs in my family. I have also had reactions to pill medications so my treatment options are limited.

Alternative Therapies
last activity almost 2 years ago
0    0

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