Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Australia) (priority setting in association with the JLA)Top 10
- What are the risk factors for developing IBD (e.g. environmental factors, stress, insecticides, vaccines, antibiotics, glandular fever, removed appendix, susceptibility genes)?
- How can microbiome (bacteria and other organisms) be modified to prevent IBD?
- How can IBD be prevented (including those with a family history of IBD or genetic risk, and lifestyle factors, such as food and exercise)?
- How can quality of life be improved for people with IBD (e.g. reduced visits to the toilet, coping with illness and psychological support)?
- How can an individual's response to specific IBD medications be predicted?
- How can food cause or prevent IBD symptoms and/or improve IBD disease severity?
- What are the potential short- and long-term health effects from taking different IBD medications?
- What is the most effective treatment for maintaining remission in IBD?
- What is the link between IBD and mental health and are people with IBD adequately screened for mental health conditions?
- What is the cause of IBD flares and how can they be recognised and avoided?
The following questions were also discussed and put in order of priority at the workshop:
- Why do people with IBD feel fatigued and how can it be managed?
- What lifestyle factors can improve IBD severity?
- How can childhood experiences (e.g. mental health status and adverse life events) and illness (e.g. asthma and pneumonia) influence the development of IBD?
- What effect does IBD have on aging (e.g. life expectancy, severity and other health conditions)?
- What is the cause of joint pain for people with IBD?
- Can food additives lead to IBD diagnosis or IBD flares?
- What is the role of stem cell treatment in the treatment of IBD?
For full details of all of the questions identified by this PSP, please see the document below.