Contemporary epidemiology of coeliac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in the United Kingdom
Institution: University of Nottingham
Project duration: 12 months
Grant awarded: £70k
Previously funded epidemiology research has shown that only 30% of the 1 in 100 who have coeliac disease have been diagnosed which means there are currently nearly half a million people who have the condition but don’t yet know. The aim of this research project is to provide the most up to date information on the diagnosis of coeliac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in the UK.
Using the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD), which collects anonymised general practice healthcare records, the researchers will determine how many people are living with each condition and how many are newly diagnosed each year. The number of people diagnosed will be described by age, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and geographical region.
The researchers will also look at how many people were previously diagnosed or treated for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) before being diagnosed with coeliac disease or inflammatory bowel disease.
Epidemiology studies are important for understanding the possible causes of the diseases and why they are more common in some people or geographical areas than others. This can be used to help identify people or areas that need targeting for diagnostic investigation or increase awareness of symptoms.
Coeliac UK and Crohn's & Colitis UK research grant awardee 2019