"Life with IBD in Ireland is full of anxiety".
Three quarters of the Irish with the inflammatory bowel disease feel isolated, with almost 90% claiming to feel anxious about the availability of the bathroom when they go somewhere.
The study, conducted by the Irish Society for Colitis and Crohn's Disease (ISCC), showed that 75% of patients living with this condition feel isolated on a daily basis.
A higher number (78%) stated that the disease had a negative impact on their mental health.
To celebrate the World IBD Day on May 19, ISCC has launched a new app to help people in Ireland who are struggling with this condition.
& # 39; IBDWELL & # 39; includes a number of useful features and supporting information to help improve the daily life of those living with IBD.
The app allows users to access the following features:
- Tag, review and provide feedback on nearby public baths and facilities with the innovative "Restroom" feature
- Track health, diet and medications to make health appointments more efficient
- Show the "No Waiting" card when patients urgently need access to a bathroom in a public place
- Connect and share personal experiences and ask questions to other people living with IBD
- Access to useful content, videos, audio features, frequently asked questions, exercises, practical self-help, awareness, ISCC contact details, blogs, news and the complete ISCC website
An estimated 40,000 people currently live with IBD in Ireland.
The president of ISCC, Bruno Lucas, stated that the app is a "vital tool" that should help those who live with IBD to better manage their condition.
"Our new research reveals that life with IBD in Ireland is full of anxiety, with many patients feeling that it is difficult to access information and resources to help manage their condition," he said.
"We have developed the new" IBDWELL "app to help the approximately 40,000 people living with IBD in Ireland manage their conditions better on a daily basis.
"The app is a new vital tool that we hope will also facilitate greater efficiency in terms of health benefits as patients can provide health professionals with precise details on the daily management of the disease."
You can download the IBDWELL app from the Google Play Store now or from the App Store in the coming days.
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