Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
IBD is a group of chronic conditions in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the digestive system. These conditions affect up to 3 million people in Europe, including over 300,000 people in the UK, with the global prevalence expected to rise over the next decade. 2,3
There are three types of IBD, Crohn’s disease (CD), ulcerative colitis (UC) and microscopic colitis (MC). Both CD and UC are debilitating diseases that may lead to life-threatening complications. Currently, there is no cure for IBD but treatment can reduce the inflammation that triggers signs and symptoms, and help with long-term remission. Treatment adherence has significant implications for well-being and prevention of relapse. 4
2. www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/about-crohns-and-colitis. Accessed May 2020.
3. Burisch J et al, J Crohns Col, 2013;7:322-337
4. Bonovas S et al, Aliment Pharmacol Ther, 2017; 45:1179-1192