The Influence of Information Sources on Knowledge and Anxiety in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients

2014-10-01 16:53:23 | BioPortfolio


Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) are life-long, incurable illnesses that can have a profound effect on the patients quality of life. Disease education is a corner stone of IBD care to enable patients to take up an active role in their disease management. While patient education is enshrined in the IBD standards, actual patient knowledge is often poor.3 Knowledge is not associated with the level of the patient's educational achievement, but member of patient organisations such as Crohn's and Colitis UK (CCUK) have significantly better knowledge than non-members. This may highlight the positive effects of education offered by CCUK, but it is also conceivable that patients with a greater interest in their disease are more like to join organisations like CCUK. Different sources of patient information may therefore influence what level of disease related knowledge a patient achieves.

Apart from high quality clinical information provided by professional organisation (British Society of Gastroenterology, European Crohn's and Colitis Organisation), the National Health Service and charities (CORE, CCUK), there is also a host of unregulated information available. The emerging dominance of the internet for information gathering has provided easy access for patients to a host of websites providing information on IBD. A number of these provide alternative (not evidence based) views, which could have a potentially negative impact on patient's knowledge. Furthermore patients often share their stories on internet forums and it is likely that those stories share are more likely to represent the extreme ends of disease rather than those experienced by the majority. This could potentially cause anxiety in patients with IBD. The quality of information found on the internet varies widely and up to 50% of websites have been judged as poor. The vast majority of patients with IBD have access to the internet and more than half use to search for health related information.7 We have previously also demonstrated that patients with anxiety have better disease related knowledge of IBD.

Study Design

Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective


Crohn's Disease




Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
United Kingdom




National Health Service, United Kingdom

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-10-01T16:53:23-0400

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