Ulcerative Colitis Patients in UK Unsatisfied with Treatment

Ulcerative Colitis Patients in UK Unsatisfied with Treatment
ulcerative colitisMost of the patients in the United Kingdom suffering from ulcerative colitis (UC) are not fully satisfied with the treatment their are receiving, and almost half of the patients regret they did not have more information before undergoing colectomy procedures, according to the results of a recent survey conducted by the Crohn’s and Colitis UK foundation. Among the flare-ups experienced, fatigue is among the most persistent and inconvenient side effect of the invasive procedure. The foundation conducted the survey online, and 684 UC patients responded, 75% of which were women between the ages of 25 and 39 years old. Nine percent of the patients had been treated with a colectomy, and 47% had been hospitalized during the last five years. The researchers concluded that only 35% of the respondents were completely satisfied with their treatments and from the group that underwent colectomy, 46% of them wished they have asked for more information on therapeutic options. “Biological therapies offer hope to people with ulcerative colitis for whom conventional therapies are failing to control symptoms, not only so that surgery may be avoided, but so they can resume their lives,” said the Director of Policy and Research at patient charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK, Helen Terry, in response to t
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