Lived experience in people with inflammatory bowel disease and co-morbid anxiety and depression in the UK and Australia

Antonina Anna Mikocka-Walus, Inna Hanlon, Madeleine Dober, Catherine Emerson, Laura Beswick, C Selinger, Jo Taylor, Lisa Olive, Subhadra Evans, Catherine Elizabeth Hewitt

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This study explored the lived experience of people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and anxiety/depression. It utilised a deductive biopsychosocial framework. Overall, 24 patients and 20 healthcare professionals from two countries participated. In the UK, the main themes included: 1) Bidirectional relationship between IBD and mental health, 2) The need for health care integration, 3) Lack of awareness about the disease. In Australia: 1) The “vicious cycle” of IBD and psychosocial health; 2) The need for biopsychosocial healthcare integration; and 3) The stigma of a hidden disease. Better communication around mental illness is essential in improving IBD healthcare.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 16 Mar 2020

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