Experts have established a severity index for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to results of an analysis published in the journal Gut (doi: 10.1136/gutjnl-2016-312648). The index, conceived by a panel of IBD specialists from the International Organization for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, is a step toward the standardization of disease severity definitions in ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
The panel determined 16 severity attributes for Crohn’s disease and 13 for ulcerative colitis. Thefound that, in Crohn’s disease, mucosal lesions, fistulas, and abscesses were the greatest contributors to disease severity at 15.8%, 10.9%, and 9.7%, respectively. In ulcerative colitis, 18.1% of disease severity was attributed to mucosal lesions, 14% to impact on daily activities, and 11.2% to C-reactive protein, wrote , MS, of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., and his coauthors.
A type of conjoint analysis called adaptive choice-based conjoint was then performed to ascertain how different clinical factors influenced specialists’ decision making and impressions of disease severity. A series of questions was asked, with each response determining subsequent questions, until “ample consistency” was found in their choices.