The importance of cognitive flexibility and flexibility in coping with stress for the quality of life in inflammatory bowel disease patients during biological therapy. A preliminary report

Agata Rudnik , Grażyna Piotrowicz , Małgorzata Basińska , Vahid Rashedi


Introduction: There are studies demonstrating the relation between psychological factors and efficiency of treatment in the course of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Aim: To investigate the relation between cognitive flexibility and flexibility in coping with stress and the quality of life, as well as the sense of satisfaction with life, in patients undergoing the biological treatment. Material and methods: The study group consisted of 33 adults who were diagnosed with Crohn’s disease (CD) or ulcerative colitis (UC). The Flexibility in Coping with Stress Questionnaire (FCSQ-14), the Cognitive Flexibility Inventory (CFI), the Quality of Life SF36v2 Questionnaire, the Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS), and the socio-demographic questionnaire were used to gather the data. Results: A total of 14 females and 19 males were included in this analysis. The results did not prove that the disease diagnosis (UC or CD) differed the level of psychological resources. However, older respondents achieved lower results in cognitive flexibility. A positive correlation was observed between both cognitive flexibility and flexibility in coping with stress and different dimensions of quality of life and satisfaction with life. Conclusions: There is a relationship between both cognitive flexibility and flexibility in coping with stress and health-related quality of life. These factors can be considered to be a kind of resource that helps to cope with challenges posed by a chronic illness, including IBD. Therefore, it is significant to increase their level by applying tailored therapeutic methods.
Author Agata Rudnik (FSS / IPsych / DCPN)
Agata Rudnik,,
- Division of Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology
, Grażyna Piotrowicz
Grażyna Piotrowicz,,
, Małgorzata Basińska
Małgorzata Basińska,,
, Vahid Rashedi
Vahid Rashedi,,
Journal seriesPrzegląd Gastroenterologiczny, [Gastroenterology Review], ISSN 1895-5770, e-ISSN 1897-4317, (N/A 40 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, quality of life, biological treatment, mindfulness
ASJC Classification2715 Gastroenterology
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); published final; Uznanie Autorstwa - Użycie Niekomercyjne - Na tych samych warunkach (CC-BY-NC-SA); with publication
Score (nominal)40
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ScoreMinisterial score = 40.0, 03-02-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 0.797; WoS Impact Factor: 2013 = 0.375 (2) - 2012=0.089 (5)
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