P267 Validation of the short inflammatory bowel disease questionnaire as an outcome measure in Crohn’s disease patients

S. Reggev1, G. Goran1, O. Sarid1, D. Schwartz2, R. Sergienko3, V. Slonim-Nevo1, M. Friger3, A. Nemirovsky4, E. Vinogradov4, A. Monsonego4, D. Greenberg5, S. Odes6

1Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Social Work, Beer Sheva, Israel, 2Soroka Medical center, Gastroenterology, Beer Sheva, Israel, 3Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Public Health, Beer Sheva, Israel, 4Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Microbiology and Immunology, Beer Sheva, Israel, 5Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Health Systems Management, Beer Sheva, Israel, 6Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Health Sciences, Metar, Israel


Health-related quality-of-life by the self-report, disease-specific Short Inflammatory Bowel Disease Questionnaire (SIBDQ) is increasingly used as an outcome measure in Crohn`s disease (CD) patients in clinical trials. Higher SIBDQ scores indicate better quality-of-life; the range is 10 to 70. However, the construct validity of SIBDQ and its responsiveness to change of disease status require validation.


Adult (≥18 years) CD patients (n = 108) with Harvey–Bradshaw Index (HBI) >4 and <16 prospectively filled in the SIBDQ at two time-points (T1, T2) 3 months apart. Medical data at T1 and T2 were collected, and recorded by their physicians in the HBI. Biomarkers of disease activity included Calprotectin and C-reaction protein (CRP), measured at T1 and T2. The construct validity of SIBDQ in relation to biomarkers and HBI was determined by Pearson correlations and group comparisons using Student`s t-test. Statistical significance was taken as p < 0.05. Patients’ medications were prescribed without regard to the study protocol.


Demographic and medical characteristics (median, %) of the cohort were: age 30 years; females 65%, married/partner 48%; higher education 83%; BMI 22; non-smokers/past-smokers 92%; disease duration 5 years; past Crohn’s disease-related surgery 17%; Montreal classification A2 89%, L2+L3 89%, B1+B2 89%, perianal disease 18%; medications: corticosteroids 4%, 5-ASA 5%, immunomodulators 21%, biologicals 43%. HBI and SIBDQ median scores at T1 and T2 were: HBI: 9 and 4 (p < 0.001); SIBDQ: 43 and 49 (p < 0.001). SIBDQ scores correlated inversely with Calprotectin (r = −0.395, p = .002), CRP (r = −0.208, p = .046), and HBI (r = −0.345, p < 0.001). Baseline HBI scores were used to divide the cohort into two groups for comparison: mild disease (5–7) vs. moderate disease (8–16). Mild disease patients reported higher SIBDQ scores than those with moderate disease (42.7 vs. 39.7, t = 1.96, p = 0.05). Regarding sensitivity of SIBDQ to clinical changes between T1 and T2, we found that change in SIBDQ correlated significantly with change in CRP across these two administrations (r = −0.232, p = 0.042). Finally, defining clinical response in CD as a decrease from baseline HBI score by ≥3 points, SIBDQ change scores were significantly larger in treatment responders (n = 51, M = 6.25) than non-responders (n = 30, M = 1.13, t = −3.042, p = 0.003).


The SIBDQ measure is a valid assessment of quality-of-life in CD, correlating with biomarkers and sensitive to change of disease activity, with potential for use as a patient-reported outcome in both clinical practice and as a primary end-point in clinical trials.