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Psychological factors impact pediatric Crohn's symptoms, disability

Psychological factors impact pediatric Crohn's symptoms, disability
May 26, 2017

Symptoms of Crohn’s disease in children are driven by disease severity and psychological factors, suggesting that physicians should consider incorporating behavioral techniques to manage their patient’s disease, according to data published in Journal of Pediatrics.

“Research reports have been inconsistent regarding the relationship of psychological factors to disease activity in pediatric patients with IBD, with both positive associations as well as no associations reported between anxiety/depression and Crohn’s disease activity,” Miranda A.L. van Tilburg, PhD, from the Center for Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and colleagues wrote. “Recognition of the role of psychological factors associated with patient symptom reporting and disability in pediatric Crohn’s disease is … important and needed.”

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