The importance of illness perceptions, quality of life and psychological status in patients with ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease

J Health Psychol. 2013 Jul;18(7):972-83. doi: 10.1177/1359105312459094. Epub 2012 Oct 1.


The present study investigates illness perceptions of inflammatory bowel disease patients in an outpatient population, examining whether these illness perceptions are related to disease severity, quality of life and psychological adjustment. A cohort of 102 inflammatory bowel disease outpatients was prospectively enrolled on the study. The participants completed a questionnaire assessing illness perceptions, anxiety, depression and disease-specific symptoms. The study has identified specific illness perceptions of inflammatory bowel disease sufferers that are strongly associated with patients' quality of life. By raising and addressing these issues, clinicians may be able to allay these significant and often unexpressed concerns, and improve quality of life for patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

Keywords: Crohn’s disease; illness perceptions; psychological status; quality of life; ulcerative colitis.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Colitis, Ulcerative / psychology*
  • Crohn Disease / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Psychological Tests
  • Quality of Life / psychology*
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult