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Gastroenterology Medicine & Research

The Impact of Chronic Diseases on Patients and Their Families: Case of Ulceratice Colitis and Crohn’s Disease

  • Maria Tsoukka1,2*, Eleni Jelastopulu1,3, Panagiota Evangelou4 and George Charalambous1,5

    1Frederick University, Cyprus

    2General Hospital of Larnaca, Cyprus

    3Department of Public Health, School of Medicine, University of Patras, Greece

    4Undergraduate Medical School, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

    5General Hospital of Athens Hippocratio, Greece

    *Corresponding author: Maria Tsoukka, Frederick University, General Hospital of Larnaca, Kalavardon No. 16, Dromolaxia, 7020 Larnaca, Cyprus

Submission: February 16, 2018; Published: April 03, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/GMR.2018.01.000515

ISSN 2637-7632
Volume1 Issue3


Background: The purpose of the study is to identify the potential psychological effects of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease on patients and their family environment.

Aim: The objective aims of this current research are to identify the causal factors creating psychological problems among patients and their family members, exploring ways to eliminate them and create a general picture for their psychological condition in relation to the diseases at a Pancyprian level.

Methods: The Greek translation of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) and the Greek translation of the Health Survey (SF-12) will be used for evaluating the psychological effects of ulcerative colitis and Crohn disease on patients and their families. In addition, the Greek translation of the inflammatory Bowel Disease Questionnaire will be used only on the patients. The questionnaires will be handed out to the patients and their attendants in Gastroenterology dispensaries all over Cyprus.

Conclusion: In the context of improving health care quality, it was indicated that multifaceted interventions are more effective than simpler interventions and that the insistence on change requires a multi-layered approach. A major focus of health policy is the effective management of long term diseases both for reducing the burden on patients and professionals as well as of the health services also. Studying the Group of patients with IBD could be an important example of study as the patients themselves are chronic patients with 20 years being the peak age onset of the diseases and life expectancy of healthy individuals.

Keywords: Crohn’s disease; Health related quality of life; Short inflammatory bowel disease; questionnaire; Ulcerative colitis; SF-12, HADS; Anxiety


The aim of the study was to determine the morphological and immunohistochemical features of the ductal system of the pancreas of patients who had undergone resection and draining operation due to complications of chronic pancreatitis.

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