People living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have a significantly reduced health-related quality of life (QoL) compared with the general population.1
The impact of ulcerative colitis (UC) on QoL is multifaceted. It often affects individuals at a time in their lives when they are pursuing employment, building families and reaching key milestones.2
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Debilitating symptoms and the psychological stress associated with UC impede patients’ day-to-day lives and pursuits.1 Disease activity and psychological distress have been shown to significantly impair the QoL of individuals living with UC.1
*Data from 424 Dutch patients with UC who completed the IBD disability index (IBD-DI) after 2 years of follow-up. The IBD-DI has been reported to be reliable, reproducible and sensitive for detecting disability.4
†Percentage estimated from graphic data, ±1%.
‡Data from the UC-LIFE survey to assess patients’ perception of the impact of UC on their lives conducted in 38 outpatient clinics in Spain. Survey response rate was 74.5% (436 out of 585 patients with UC).8
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