Patient views about the impact of ulcerative colitis and its management with drug treatment and surgery: a nested qualitative study within the CONSTRUCT trial

Frances Rapport*, Clare Clement, Anne C. Seagrove, Laith Alrubaiy, Hayley A. Hutchings, John G. Williams

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Abstract

Background: A nested qualitative interview study within the CONSTRUCT trial was
conducted to explore experiences and perceptions of patients with acute severe ulcerative colitis following treatment with infliximab or ciclosporin, surgery, or other medication.

Methods: 270 patients with steroid-resistant ulcerative colitis were randomised to either infliximab or ciclosporin. Interviews were conducted with 20 trial participants. Thirty-five data capture events took place in total, 20 interviews conducted three months after treatment and a further 15 interviews with the same cohort as second interviews at 12 months.

Results: Disease duration varied but similar stories emerged about how people adjusted to living with ulcerative colitis. Issues raised by patients included; the debilitating effect of the disease on quality of life, living with the unpredictability of symptoms and treatment, dealing with embarrassment and stigma and the desire to share knowledge of the disease with others to combat the private nature of this debilitating illness and bring greater visibility to patient experience of symptoms and outcomes.

Conclusion: Patients were more positive about treatment with infliximab than ciclosporin, mainly due to the cumbersome intravenous regimen required for ciclosporin. Prompt diagnosis is required and early reporting of changes in symptoms is encouraged to ensure appropriate treatment.

Trial registration: This trial is registered with the ISRCTN registry; number ISRCTN22663589. The date of registration was 16/05/2008.
Original languageEnglish
Article number166 (2019)
Number of pages14
JournalBMC Gastroenterology
Volume19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2019

Keywords

  • qualitative research
  • patient
  • ulcerative colitis
  • ciclosporin
  • infliximab
  • surgery

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