Resilience in individuals with inflammatory bowel disease

This online survey aims to understand what factors are most likely to enhance resilience in individuals with IBD. An improved understanding and evidence base would mean that psychological interventions (such as talking therapies) offered to individuals with IBD who are struggling with their mental and emotional health can be tailored to strengthen resilience in this population.

The challenges of living with IBD can generate significant stress which can be difficult to cope with. As a result, many individuals experience periods of low mood, anxiety and low self-esteem. We are interested in identifying what helps individuals adapt to the challenges of living with IBD and reduce distress. Resilience is defined as the ability to “bounce back” from adversity and has been well researched in individuals with other physical health conditions. However, there is very little research and understanding about what factors enhance or hinder resilience in people living with IBD. Further knowledge could enable healthcare professionals to help those with IBD adapt and develop resilience in the face of IBD challenges. Factors that influence resilience could include the severity of the disease, the amount of social support one feels they have, how one copes with the condition or how in control one feels.

Researchers at the University of Sheffield are looking for people aged 18 or over who have a confirmed diagnosis of IBD (this might include Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis or Indeterminate IBD) to take part in a survey which aims to identify what factors help people feel resilient when living with IBD.

The first part of this study has already been conducted. This was an interview study and identified traits, coping skills and experiences people with IBD thought may influence their own resilience. These findings have informed the development of the second part of the study; this online survey. The survey aims to identify what factors have the most influence on resilience across a wider population of individuals with IBD. Approximately 135 people are needed to complete this online survey so that the relationships between the identified factors and resilience can be statistically analysed.

If you are interested and would like more information about the study, please click on this link or contact Katie Boden, the researcher running this project at the University of Sheffield.


This research study is NOT funded or organised by Crohn's and Colitis UK and, therefore, we cannot take responsibility for your involvement in the research. It is a patient’s choice to take part.