Disability in inflammatory bowel disease patients is associated with race, ethnicity and socio-economic factors Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Antineoplastic Agents, Immunological
  • Cell Cycle Checkpoints
  • Immunotherapy


  • © 2019 John Wiley & Sons Ltd Background: Race, ethnicity and socio-economic status impact clinical outcomes in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients. However, their impact on disability has not been studied. Aim: To determine the association between race, ethnicity and socio-economic factors with disability in IBD, using the validated IBD disability index (IBD-DI). Methods: Ambulatory IBD patients were enrolled at five academic centres participating in the New York Crohn's and Colitis Organization. We assessed the IBD-DI, and collected clinical and socio-economic data. Factors associated with moderate-to-severe disability (IBD-DI score > 35) on univariable analysis were tested in multivariable models with adjusted odds ratios (aOR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) reported. Results: In this study, 323 patients (57.3% CD, 51.4% female) were enrolled; 17.7% were Hispanic, 17% were non-Hispanic black, 56.0% were non-Hispanic Caucasian and 9.3% belonged to non-Hispanic non-black minority races. However, 39.0% of patients were publicly insured and 38.4% of patients had low annual household income (<$50 000). 100 (31.0%) patients reported moderate-to-severe disability. On multivariable analysis, Hispanic ethnicity (aOR 2.7, 95% CI 1.3-5.6), non-Hispanic non-black minority race (aOR 3.5, 95% CI 1.3-8.9), public payer (aOR 2.1, 95% CI 1.1-4.0) and low annual household income (aOR 3.0, 95% CI 1.7-5.4) were associated with moderate-to-severe disability controlling for disease characteristics. Conclusions: IBD patients who are minorities, have public insurance, or low household income, are 2-3 times more likely to report moderate-to-severe disability independent of disease characteristics in the United States. Future studies are needed to study their complex relationship and to mitigate disability.

publication date

  • January 2019



  • Academic Article


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/apt.15107

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