NSCIBD Investigator Initiated Studies
People living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) may have a poorer quality of life than people without IBD. There is strong evidence that disease activity may impact a patient's overall mental health and wellbeing. How severe the disease is has an important influence on mental distress. Mental distress impacts work, relationships, and social life. Despite the disease causing many mental health issues, most people with IBD have very limited access to mental health support. Mental health is not talked about as a normal part of IBD care so people with IBD may refuse mental health support. New interventions are needed to help IBD patients deal with mental distress. An informative newsletter containing credible health information may be beneficial for IBD patients and help them manage mental distress. 90SecondIBD is a novel way of delivering health information about IBD.
This study is investigating whether "90SecondIBD", a weekly online health letter, impact IBD patients' quality of life and self-efficacy (your belief in your ability to succeed in specific situations and complete tasks).
internet-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT)
IBD symptoms and disease flare-ups are often associated with increased negative emotions and mental stress. Traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to treat anxiety and depression has drawbacks, such as lack of accessibility, long wait times to receive the therapy from a mental health professional, and high cost. Internet-Based Cognitive Behavior Therapy (iCBT) may be an effective treatment for people with IBD-related mental stress, anxiety and/or depression. iCBT may be more cost effective, with little to no wait time to begin treatment, and can be available for anyone regardless of geographic location.
The study aims to examine how iCBT can be used to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression in individuals with IBD who also have anxiety and/or depressive symptoms.
IBD Strong Peer 2 Peer
People diagnosed with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) endure heightened levels of emotional and mental stress. IBD-associated psychological distress is particularly common at initial diagnosis, during disease flares, before surgery, and during transitions of care. Access to evidence-based psychological interventions and emotional support has been identified as a major care gap by IBD patients. Few patients are asked about psychological distress in routine clinical care and that even if asked, access to mental health care is limited. Despite the clear effect of mental health programs, and the positive effect of social support on self-management and quality of life, there are not many of these programs available. Peer support within healthcare is defined as a person providing emotional and informational support to another person living with a similar chronic illness.
The aim of this study is to improve access to support for mental distress and self-management, through the usage and evaluation of the IBD Strong Peer2Peer program. IBD Strong Peer2Peer is a peer lead program for IBD-related mental distress and self-management.
IBS Virtual Dietary Education
Diet is known to exacerbate symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In Canada, accessing dietary treatment for IBS is a challenge due to lack of resources. Some patients lack access to dietary interventions, and others are given advice that is not evidenced based. Use of eHealth technology, such as virtual education delivered by a dietician, may allow for more widespread access to dietary interventions for IBS. Virtual education can include one on one dietary education, online group-based education, and the use of apps. Currently, there is a gap in knowledge whether dietary intervention for IBS delivered virtually by a dietician is effective in treating IBS.
This study is investigating whether the use of an evidence-based, virtual dietary intervention (delivered by a rained dietician) for IBS will be effective in reducing anxiety, depression, and perceived stress in people living with IBD.
Clinical Trials Resource Project
Clinical trials are an important type of research in medicine, used to study new treatments, medications, devices, or education interventions. These research studies may be used to learn more about diseases, improve health care for people in the future, and to identify effective methods of treating, preventing, screening for, and diagnosing disease (results of a clinical trial are valuable for all parties involved - not just for researchers). New studies cannot lead to reliable findings unless the right patients agree to join as partners (not a subject only) in the conduct of clinical trials.The generation of new clinical knowledge through research needs motivated patients, and patient input.
This project will examine whether the clinical trials educational resource improves patient knowledge and attitudes toward participation in clinical trials.
NSCIBD Program Clinical Database
For future research projects, we would like to have access to a database of patient data that has already been collected. If patients are interested in providing their personal health information to this database, we would collect consent. Signing up to be part of this database is entirely voluntary and refusal to include your information will not affect patient care in any way. Research studies may be conducted using the information contained in the database/registry. Please let our research group know if you would be interested in having your health data copied to our research database.
INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT THESE RESEARCH PROJECTS?
Please contact Natalie Willett (Research Associate) at:
Centre for Clinical Research
5790 University Avenue
Halifax, NS B3H 1V7