Ongoing Research Funded by DHF

Measuring which aspects of living with IBD, including its treatments, may contribute to a patient developing post-traumatic stress (PTS), a chronic psychological reaction to a traumatic event characterized by flashbacks, nightmares, and hypervigilance

2020  | Disease: Behavioral Medicine ProgramPsychology (Clinical) Behavioral Health

Principal Researcher: Stephen B. Hanauer, MD

Co-Principal Researcher: Ece Mutlu, MD, MS, MBA | Co-Principal Researcher: Sarah Quinton, PsyD | 

Principal Investigator: Tiffany Taft, PsyD

Living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is both physically and psychologically challenging and has the potential to negatively impact patient lives. As many as one-third of individuals with IBD demonstrate significant post-traumatic stress (PTS) symptoms, according to the first study of IBD-related PTS in the United States conducted by Dr. Taft and her team. Negative hospital experiences may play a substantial role. Further advancing this research, Dr. Taft aims to identify targets for early psychosocial counseling to better intervene and prevent the potential impact of undiagnosed PTS on patient outcomes. The novel study will include the use of online patient surveys to better understand PTS prevalence in IBD and to assess differences in illnesses and demographics traits between IBD patients with and without PTS. The next step will involve in-depth interview s with patients recruited from Northwestern’s and Rush University’s gastroenterology clinics. A clinical psychologist who specializes in working with adult IBD patients will conduct these interviews to gather information not easily collected via standardized tests to better evaluate PTS causes and guide treatments.

To receive Digestive Health Foundation updates on research, free education events, and the 2019 Gala, please fill in your information and click 'Submit.'

Thank you, and welcome!

We will not give or sell your contact information to anyone and will only send communications to your inbox when we have exciting news or events to share.