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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!

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 9 months ago
20    1
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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 about 4 years ago
4    3
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 about 1 month ago
1    0

Long-term outlooks for patients who have had J-pouch surgery and reconnection

J-pouch surgery, as a final effort to mitigate UC symptoms, can be life-changing. However, it seems that little information is available describing the long-term outlook for patients who have had the procedure. With an increase in IBD diagnoses in children, it is safe to assume that rates of J-pouch surgeries in children will also increase. A longitudinal study following J-pouch patients for several years following their surgeries should be conducted to highlight any common complications or symptoms that appear over the course of time. This research would be especially significant for better advising younger patients and their caregivers.

Procedures And Testing
last activity about 4 years ago
3    1

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