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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!

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What is the long term effectiveness of bowel resection as a treatment? What % of people are in remission at intervals of decades following surgery? What factors lead to longer periods of remission?

I have the experience of a surgery in about 1972 and continue to be in remission. Knowing more about why some surgery is sucessful like this seems like it would help inform treatment choices.

Procedures And Testing
last activity 14 days ago
36    7
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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 7 months ago
2    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 11 months ago
20    1
Proposed Idea              

Creation of a test to verify or deny IBD in persons struggling with symptoms

It took 16 years to verify my Cohn's, from age 13-29 years. Had all sorts of tests and was treated like I was crazy. Spent a month in treatment due to anorexia because eating was so painful. Diagnosed by having exploratory surgery. Because of that I had malnutrition, lost all my teeth and suffered way too long.

Procedures And Testing
last activity over 4 years ago
4    3

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 almost 4 years ago
5    1

Consequences of J-Pouch Surgery on Pouch Microbiome

Given the increased interest and implications for altered gut microbiome in IBD, I think it is important that investigations into how surgical treatments affect the new digestive structures. Looking comparatively at pre-surgery microbiomes and post-surgery microbiomes may give insights into how to most effectively treat UC, should the mechanisms that cause the disease still act in the absence of a colon.

Procedures And Testing
last activity almost 3 years ago
3    2
Proposed Idea              

Does timing of colonoscopy affect ability to accurately diagnose UC new cases and/or flares of disease particularly if scheduled more than a couple of weeks out from onset or resolution of symptoms?

If mucosa is allowed to heal before procedure with biopsies, patient may be told either no dz or inactive dz when in fact tissue has healed in the time it took to get test scheduled and performed leading to under diagnosis or a delayed diagnosis. Should guidelines recommend a shorter timeline to procedure in suspected stable new cases or stable non urgent flares? Some gi docs schedules are booked out months in advance so delays in scheduling are common. If patients are told initially no disease but later symptoms resume, more tests procedures are required to eventually establish diagnosis and start treatment.

Procedures And Testing
last activity 4 months ago
1    0
Proposed Idea              

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.

Procedures And Testing
last activity about 1 year ago
2    0
Proposed Idea              

Can better tests be developed to confirm Crohn's and IBS-D diagnoses do or do not exist in patients?

Either diagnosis can take several rounds and types of testing which can take significant time and money. Additionally, when a patient has both conditions, the time to correct diagnosis and treatment is significant.

Procedures And Testing
last activity about 3 years ago
5    0
Proposed Idea              

Why isn't the BCIR procedure given as an option for patients who have severe UC that no longer are responding to meds?

In 2012 I had my colon removed due to Anal Cancer and Severe Ulcerative Colitis. I opted out of having Chemo and Radiation. My UC was so severe that I would have never made it through radiation treatments. Having to wear a bag was not what I wanted so I chose to get a BCIR under Dr. Rehnke at Palms of Pasadena in St. Petersburg, FL. It was the BEST decision I have ever made. I had UC for almost 30 years and suffered Daily. I feel as if I have a life now. My Quality of Life is unbelievable. There is nothing I can't do now. I don't have to memorize where bathrooms are anymore. I plan when I go to the bathroom instead of my body telling me when I go. It is amazing and I highly recommend it. I can not believe I suffered when this debilitating disease for so long. I had no idea about the BCIR. Everyone should know this is an option and can totally change your life. NO ONE should have to suffer like I did. Please let everyone know that this is an option. It is their choice from there on out, but at least people will know about it. It literally saved my life."

Procedures And Testing
last activity over 3 years ago
2    1

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