Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are unpredictable, chronic conditions characterized by inflammation in the intestines. The most common symptoms in children include frequent diarrhea, abdominal pain, and weight loss or growth delay.
There is no cure for IBD, so the focus of treatment is on controlling the inflammation that causes the symptoms. Corticosteroids are frequently used, and they often have negative side effects such as weight gain, acne, hair growth, irritability, depression, emotional ability, and sleep difficulty.
As IBD can result in sometimes embarrassing symptoms, the disease presents many potential challenges to psychosocial adjustment.
Investigators are examining the effects current treatments have of IBD patients, while searching for alternative treatments. They are also investigating how IBD patients adjust behaviorally, emotionally and socially to their disease and how psychosocial factors impact symptom severity.
IBD: Improving Outcomes through Planned Care
Implementation of an interdisciplinary team approach toward managing these patients has been recognized as a necessary method to provide patients with optimal care and improve outcomes.
Assessment of Joint Pain in Children with IBD