Short Inflammatory Bowel Disease Questionnaire

This Survey May Be Used By Physicians To Understand A Patient's Quality Of Life

When conducting a scientific study, researchers need an objective way to qualify the end points (the goals) of their study. With medical studies involving humans, it can be difficult to put the results into a way that is easily understood. How can researchers standardize how individual patients feel? For this reason, surveys are often developed. Patients in the research study can take the survey and the results will help the researchers understand if a treatment is working.

For studies on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), one of the surveys frequently used is the Short Inflammatory Bowel Disease Questionnaire (SIBDQ).

The SIBDQ was developed in 1996 by Irvine, et al for use in studies on people with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. The idea was to take the longer Inflammatory Bowel Disease Questionnaire (IBDQ) and shorten it into a form that could be used by physicians in everyday practice.

The SIBDQ has only 10 questions, while the IBDQ has 32 questions. The researchers that developed the SIBDQ took the 10 questions from the IBDQ that patients responded to with the greatest amount of diversity. It was determined that these questions were the ones that were typically responsible for most of the variation on the scores on the IBDQ. By isolating just these questions, the IBDQ could be distilled in such a way as to offer the most information with the least amount of questions.

The SIDBQ might be used in the research setting, but it could also be used by any gastroenterologist to help evaluate a patient's quality of life.


Irvine EJ, Zhou Q, Thompson AK. "The Short Inflammatory Bowel Disease Questionnaire: A Quality of Life Instrument for Community Physicians Managing Inflammatory Bowel Disease." Amer J Gastro 1996 Aug;91:1571-1578. Oct 21 2013.

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