Cultural Diversity in IBD | Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation

Cultural Diversity in IBD


Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) can affect individuals of any color, race, or ethnic background. Watch the patient stories below and hear how these strong people cope with their disease, and how they found support through friends, family, and by connecting with others patients like them.



Brooke's Story  Justin's Story  Jose's Story

Selection of references and articles addressing race and socioeconomic factors in IBD:

Sewell, JL. Velayos, F. Systematic Review: The Role of Race and Socioeconomic Factors on IBD Healthcare Delivery and Effectiveness, Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2013 Mar; 19(3): 627–643. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3905682/ Accessed, 11/5/18.

Nguyen GC, Chong CA, Chong RY. National estimates of the burden of inflammatory bowel disease among racial and ethnic groups in the United States. J Crohns Colitis. 2014;8:288–295. DOI: https://academic.oup.com/ecco-jcc/article/8/4/288/386357. Accessed 11/5/18.

Afzali A, Cross RK. Racial and Ethnic Minorities with Inflammatory Bowel Disease in the United States: A Systematic Review of Disease Characteristics and Differences. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2016 Aug;22(8):2023-40. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27379446 Accessed, 11/5/18.



For further information, call Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's IBD Help Center: 888.MY.GUT.PAIN (888.694.8872).

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation provides information for educational purposes only. We encourage you to review this educational material with your health care professional. The Foundation does not provide medical or other health care opinions or services. The inclusion of another organization's resources or referral to another organization does not represent an endorsement of a particular individual, group, company or product.

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Published: October 23, 2018

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