Patient Support Groups
Inflammatory bowel diseases are often considered socially stigmatizing and embarrassing and can be uncomfortable for patients to talk about. Support from peers is therefore important, and its benefits have been shown in numerous studies. Patients can meet face-to-face or online in very different settings and participate in different activities together without even having to talk about the illness. Although patient support especially online can be a wonderful resource, it must be clear for patients that the information found online may not always be scientifically proven and that online forums must not replace medical care.
KeywordsInflammatory bowel disease Patient support Patient support groups Online support groups Peer support
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