Pediatric patients with IBD can have challenges with fatigue (feeling tired a lot of the time) and difficulties with sleep. While fatigue and sleep are known to be important factors in supporting optimal psychosocial and medical outcomes in pediatric IBD, it is unknown how these topics are talked about in IBD care with patients.

A new research project aims to learn more about Sleep & Fatigue in Pediatric IBD.

Patient Perspectives on Fatigue, Sleep and IBD

Leading up to the Fall 2021 ImproveCareNow Live Online Community Conference, PAC Members Nour and Maha co-wrote a post sharing their experiences with fatigue. Fatigue, Sleep, and IBD - A Patient Perspective helped set the stage for a breakout session they co-lead to jumpstart the conversation about fatigue and IBD and build momentum for important new research into this common and complex side effect.

Fatigue is an incredibly complex topic, and knowing that so many IBD patients are struggling with it motivated us to study the various factors that play into fatigue and how these can be better addressed in clinical settings.

An Exploration of How Health Care Professionals Assess and Support Sleep and Fatigue in a Pediatric IBD Population

The study is underway. The ICN Research Committee has approved two one-time secure, online surveys - one for Health Care Professionals and one for Pediatric Patients with IBD - which eligible individuals can complete in order to take part in this research project. The study aims to:

  1. understand the current ways that health care professionals (HCPs) are talking about and helping with fatigue and sleep in pediatric IBD
  2. understand the self-reported experience of fatigue and sleep in pediatric patients with IBD

If you are a pediatric patient (age 8-17) diagnosed with IBD or a health care provider (including GIs, APN/NP/PAs, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and dietitians) caring for pediatric patients with IBD and you are interested in sharing your experience to help researchers learn more about fatigue in pediatric IBD, you can use the links below to learn more and access your survey:



Additional ICN Research Opportunities

Research is for everyone - if the Fatigue & IBD study isn't for you, here are some other actions you can take to get involved in ICN Research today:

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