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P523 Survey to identify patient characteristics, treatment preferences and impact of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) on quality of life across 7 countries in Europe

Fiorino, G.(1);Bent-Ennakhil, N.(2);Varriale, P.(3);Braegger, F.(2);Hoefkens, E.(4);

(1)Humanitas Research Hospital, IBD Center- Gastroenterology, Rozzano, Italy;(2)Takeda Pharmaceuticals International AG, Glattpark-Opfikon, Opfikon, Switzerland;(3)Carenity- 1 Rue de Stockholm, Carenity- 1 Rue de Stockholm, Paris, France;(4)Imelda Hospital, Imelda Hospital, Bonheiden, Belgium

Background

The treatment paradigm for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is becoming increasingly diverse and complex. It is suggested that engaging patients through shared decision-making optimises treatment selection in line with clinical need and patient preference and expectations. This patient survey aimed to explore patients’ preferences towards attributes of currently available advanced therapies for IBD as well as the impact of IBD on patients’ quality of life (QoL) across 7 countries in Europe. The demographic profile of the study cohort and findings on the patient-rated impact of IBD on QoL are reported here.

Methods

An online, cross-sectional survey (October 2020 to January 2021) enrolling adults aged ≥18 years who self-reported having and being previously/currently treated for Crohn’s disease (CD) or ulcerative colitis (UC) was conducted across Europe (France, the UK, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands). Patient perspectives on IBD care and preferences regarding specific attributes of existing treatment options were explored using the Carenity platform and via partnerships with local organisations. This descriptive analysis evaluated the demographic and clinical profile of respondents, treatment management and impact on QoL.

Results

Overall, 686 patients (CD: 360; UC: 326) across 7 countries completed the survey. Among CD and UC patients, respectively, 71.9% and 57.7% were females; mean age (range) was 48.0 (19.0–77.0) and 50.0 (19.0–82.0) years; and mean disease duration (range) was 13.6 (0.2–49.1) and 11.0 (0.1–68.7) years. Overall, 37.5% of CD patients reported fistulising CD, and 9.4% (CD) and 10.1% (UC) of patients had a stoma or pouch; 76.7% (CD) and 78.5% (UC) of patients were being treated for IBD. Approximately 50.0% of patients with IBD were full-time or part-time employed at the time of survey. Abdominal pain, fatigue, and stool frequency were ranked by 83%, 79%, and 73% patients with CD, respectively, as the symptoms most impacting QoL; 79%, 71%, and 61% patients ranked energy status, general well-being and daily activities, respectively, as the most impacted aspects. Abdominal pain, stool frequency and fatigue were ranked by 73%, 72% and 67% patients with UC, respectively, as the symptoms most impacting QoL; the most impacted aspects were similar to those of patients with CD. Patients in both groups prioritised general well-being, energy status and daily activities as aspects for improvement through treatment.

Conclusion

This large European survey highlights the most impactful symptoms and QoL aspects from the patient perspective. These findings can support clinical decision-making and treatment strategies to improve treatment outcomes and patient QoL.

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