- Physical symptoms of IBD present daily challenges for patients, threatening their psychological and social well-being and reducing their QoL.
Why this matters
- A new review of research on how IBD symptoms affect QoL may help clinicians support patients in managing the challenges of living with the disease.
- Researchers analyzed 11 qualitative studies (N=565; Crohn’s disease, 356; ulcerative colitis, 200; not specified, 9), using Sandelowski and Barroso's meta-synthesis framework and PRISMA guidelines for systematic reviews.
- Funding: None.
- Thematic analysis showed 3 common themes related to living with IBD:
- Unpredictability related to physical symptoms and flare-ups, treatments, future health, relationships, social life, and educational and professional pursuits.
- Emotional turmoil stemming from effects on psychological well-being and lack of support from family and friends.
- Striving to maintain a normal life through a positive outlook, symptom-management strategies, and support from various sources.
- The meta-synthesis excluded studies focusing on 1 specific challenge and was limited to those published in English.