It is officially Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week (which runs from Dec 1-7)! The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America‘s theme this year for awareness week is #IBDVisible, and they’re asking patients to “speak up, step up, and stand out all in the name of raising awareness of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis!” In honor of this, I am starting a new series called IBD Quiz!
It’s important that we as patients are knowledgeable on our condition. The more we understand it, the better we can advocate for ourselves, the more involved we can be in our healthcare, the more confident we can feel about the decisions we make for our health, and the more effectively we can educate the world during Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week! It’s very important that the general public be sufficiently educated on what Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis are, and it is up to us to help educate them! The more informed non-patients are, the better chance we, as patients, have of gaining understanding when we need it, and the better chance we have of funding all of the great research that continues to expand our understanding of IBD and our physicians’ abilities to treat it.
I will be posting IBD-related questions throughout the week on twitter (in the form of twitters polls). Make sure to follow me there at @DanSharpIBD if you’d like to join in. Feel free to share with any friends and family who do not have IBD. Everyone’s answers will be submitted anonymously, so this is a zero pressure way for non-patients to see if they’re as well-informed as they think, and for patients to, I hope, boost their confidence in becoming #IBDVisible! I will update this page when new questions and answers are posted.
For more information on Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week, as well as ways to get involved, check out the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s page here: http://www.ccfa.org/AwarenessWeek/
True of False:
The cause of Inflammatory Bowel Disease is known.
Submit your answer here: IBD Quiz #1
Inflammatory Bowel Disease is associated with how many genes?
A) 0 B) 1 C) 70 D) 199+
Submit your answer here: IBD Quiz #2
True or False:
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) are safe for IBD patients.
Submit your answer here: IBD Quiz #3
Another name for an ileal pouch anal anastomosis is:
A) ileostomy B) internal anastoma C) colectomy D) j-pouch
Submit your answer here: IBD Quiz #4
All of the following are targets of biologic medications used in IBD, except:
A) TNF-alpha cytokine B) Immunoglobulin E C) Alpha 4 Beta 7 integrin D) Interleukin 12 & 23
Submit your answer here: IBD Quiz #5
True or False: Biological remission is remission achieved with biologic medication.
Submit your answer here: IBD Quiz #6
True or False: Food allergies are not a symptom of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Submit your answer here: IBD Quiz #7
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