GOALS: The study aimed to compare the level and characteristics of disease-related knowledge of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) between the West and the East using an international version of a questionnaire regarding knowledge of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD-KNOW). BACKGROUND: The authors recently developed a new questionnaire regarding IBD-KNOW, which showed excellent test characteristics in Korea. STUDY: The IBD-KNOW questionnaire was administered to 100 patients with IBD from tertiary referral hospitals in the United States and Korea. Scores were calculated and compared between US and Korean patients, and factors associated with high scores were analyzed. RESULTS: A total of 196 (100 US and 96 Korean) patients with IBD completed the questionnaires. Analysis of the baseline characteristics revealed that male sex, smoking status, disease duration, history of IBD-related operations, family history of IBD, and use of corticosteroids or biologics were significantly different between US and Korean patients. The mean IBD-KNOW score was higher in US patients than in Korean patients (14.8 vs. 11.3; P<0.001). Multivariate analyses showed that a high IBD-KNOW score (top 25%) was associated with a positive family history of IBD (odds ratio, 2.90; P=0.025) in US patients with IBD and with the use of biologics (odds ratio, 3.65; P=0.008) in Korean patients with IBD. CONCLUSIONS: The IBD-KNOW questionnaire, an updated assessment tool of IBD-related knowledge, is simple, reliable, and available in various patient populations. IBD-KNOW can be used to identify the factors affecting the level of IBD-related knowledge to improve the quality of care in patients with IBD through a personalized approach.
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