Short and sweet: new IBD disability tool effective

It simplifies the process for patients to self-report useful data

A new short and simple checklist will enable patients to report their level of disability from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) with similar accuracy to the current gold standard, researchers say.

At present, assessing disability with IBD is made using the 28-question Inflammatory Bowel Disease Disability Index, which is administered in a clinical interview, the Australian and New Zealand study authors say.

They wanted to produce a validated tool that patients could use quickly and easily to self-report the level of their disability.

The researchers have reported on results from 114 patients with IBD (63 with Crohn’s disease and 51 with ulcerative colitis) who were allocated to undertake both the 28-question clinical interview and also to answer the same questions on the self-reported questionnaire, in random order.

Half the patients came from Concord Hospital in Sydney and the remainder were from