How the COVID-19 pandemic may have changed the way people living with ulcerative colitis approach healthcare

(BPT) - Living with a chronic and incurable disease like ulcerative colitis (UC) can be difficult. According to the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), this inflammatory bowel disease can cause chronic diarrhea with blood and mucus, abdominal pain and cramping, and weight loss. While managing UC symptoms can be challenging at any time, a new global survey reveals that the COVID-19 pandemic made it even more difficult.

The survey, Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on UC Patients, was fielded in 2021 in five countries, including the United States, Canada, Japan, France and Finland, and asked over 500 people diagnosed with UC, confirmed by endoscopy, to evaluate their experiences before, during, and after the pandemic. The survey found that the pandemic made it harder for some individuals living with UC to manage their disease. However, the survey also suggests that the public health crisis may have prompted some people living with UC to adopt new ways to take control of their health.

"The COVID-19 pandemic was a challenging time for people living with UC," said Allyson S., who has lived with UC for more than 25 years. "But it appears that for some people, there may have been a silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic as it provided them with an opportunity to focus on personal needs and managing their disease."


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