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P106. Health related quality of life and work productivity in Greek patients with inflammatory bowel disease [Hellenic IBD study group]


N. Viazis1, G. Mantzaris1, J. Karagiannis1, D. Karamanolis1

1Hellenic Foundation of Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Athens, Greece



Background: For patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) little is known regarding the impact of the disease on patients' every day life. This study aimed to identify determinants of health-related quality of life and work productivity in Greek patients with IBD.

Methods: From October 2010 till April 2011, 1.181 patients with IBD participated in a survey organized by the Hellenic Foundation of Gastroenterology and Nutrition. Participants completed a questionnaire, aiming to identify the impact of the disease on their every day life. The questionnaire was anonymous and has been completed through the internet (827 cases) or at the outpatient clinic of the participating hospitals (354 cases).

Results: 65% of the patients that participated in the survey reported being stressed because of their disease, while 60% reported being sad or depressed because of it. 50% of the patients reported that they had to cancel a social event, during the last 2 months due to their disease and 25% felt angry because of that. 40% of the patients find it difficult to cope with their obligations at work, while those aged 18–39 and 40–49 were mostly affected. Half of the patients need a seek leave for 1–20 days per year, and 1 out of 3 has not reported to his/her manager that is suffering from IBD, because of fear of loosing their job. Among those that have informed their manager regarding their problem, 33% report that they do not have their support. However, 88% responded positively when asked if they have the support of their family for coping with the disease.

Conclusions: Health related quality of life and work productivity is severely affected in Greek patients with IBD. We, as gastroenterologists, besides providing efficacious therapy to our patients, have to help them overcome some of the difficulties related to their disease that affect their every day file.