Gut Reaction is the Health Data Research Hub for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). IBD includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Together, these conditions affect around 500,000 people in the UK. They cause recurring abdominal symptoms, which need long-term treatment and often major surgery. As result, IBD can significantly affect the lives of those who live with it.
We use data to address the urgent need to better understand why patients with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis respond differently to treatments in order to improve people’s outcomes and reduce costs in the NHS and we aim to build on the high-quality health data in the NIHR IBD BioResource by combining it with ‘real-world’ data from participating NHS hospitals and the IBD Registry. This will allow researchers to use the pooled data to support important research into IBD.