Symptom burden: A forgotten area of measurement in inflammatory bowel disease
Article first published online: 25 SEP 2012
© 2012 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
International Journal of Nursing Practice
Volume 18, Issue 5, pages 497–500, October 2012
How to Cite
International Journal of Nursing Practice 2012; 18: 497–500 Symptom burden: A forgotten area of measurement in inflammatory bowel disease, 18:5, 497–500, .
- Issue published online: 25 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 25 SEP 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: MAR 2012
- Crohn's disease;
- inflammatory bowel disease;
- symptom assessment;
- ulcerative colitis
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) collectively known as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are chronic inflammatory diseases of the digestive tract. Periods of active and inactive disease are common along the trajectory of this illness. A range of symptoms such as fatigue, diarrhoea and abdominal pain are experienced and are often very debilitating in nature resulting in significance interference in daily life. Despite this, to date, research in the area of symptoms remains an underexplored topic. This paper aims to discuss current approaches to symptom assessment in IBD and the potential to measure symptom burden in further research, in order to gain a greater understanding into the experiences of individuals with IBD.