Study Reveals People With Inflammatory Bowel Disease Do Not Experience Response Shift

Study Reveals People With Inflammatory Bowel Disease Do Not Experience Response Shift
Findings from a recent study published in the Journal Health and Quality of Life Outcomes show that the majority of people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) do not demonstrate a response shift (RS), indicating that the health rating over time is stable in relation to that predicted by known time varying clinical variables. Health-related quality of life (HRQL) is a broad concept that encompasses multiple domains, including physical, psychological, social, and emotional health, as well as general or global perceptions of health, with longitudinal studies showing that the respondent’s interpretation of the construct remains constant over time. Response shift (RS) is defined as a change in an individual’s internal standards (recalibration), values (reprioritization), or conceptualizations of health. RS occurs when individuals experience a significant health event, such as cancer treatment, or chronic disease diagnosis. Conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) develop over a longer time period and severity fluctuates with each patient. RS is an important consideration when evaluating changes in disease outcomes because it can result in an overestimating of problems or benefits in some individuals, and an underestimation in others. In order to accurately interpret IBD impact over time, from both the perspective of an individual and for group comparisons, it is important to have methods to identify RS. In this regard, in the study titled “How are you? Do people with inflammat
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