Journal article

Addressing pregnancy-related concerns in women with inflammatory bowel disease: Insights from the patient's perspective

Emma K Flanagan, Jacqui Richmond, Alexander J Thompson, Paul Desmond, Sally J Bell

JGH OPEN | WILEY | Published : 2020


Background and Aim: Therapeutic options for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have expanded, as has the use of IBD medications in women during the reproductive period. However, no qualitative data exist that examine the pregnancy-related concerns of women with IBD in the current era of widespread immunomodulator and biologic use. Hence, we aimed to explore in detail the impact of IBD on pregnancy from the patient's perspective. Methods: This qualitative study used semistructured interviews to explore participants' experiences regarding IBD and pregnancy until no new themes emerged. Key themes were identified using thematic analysis. Results: Fifteen women with IBD were interviewed. The majori..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Department of Gastroenterology at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne. The authors acknowledge the St. Vincent's Hospital Melbourne IBD team, which assisted with recruitment, and the interviewees who participated in the study.