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Social Network Diversity and the Daily Burden of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Greene-Higgs L, Jordan A, Sheehan J, Berinstein J, Admon AJ, Waljee AK, Riehl M, Piette J, Resnicow K, Higgins PD, Cohen-Mekelburg S. Social Network Diversity and the Daily Burden of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Clinical and translational gastroenterology. 2023 May 1; 14(5):e00572.

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INTRODUCTION: To examine the association between social network, daily inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) burden, and related cognitive factors such as loneliness and psychological well-being. METHODS: Using survey data, we compared the relationship between social network diversity and daily IBD burden with multivariable linear regression. RESULTS: Patients with IBD with higher social network diversity reported a lower daily IBD burden. This association was more common among those who reported a higher degree of loneliness than those with a low degree of loneliness. DISCUSSION: We should consider diverse social connections as an indicator of risk for higher IBD burden, especially among lonely patients.

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