Medication Formulation Preference of Mild and Moderate Ulcerative Colitis Patients: a European Survey

Xavier Hébuterne, Stephan R Vavricka, Helen C Thorne, Lara MacKenzie-Smith, Raphaël Laoun, Johan Burisch


INTRODUCTION: Patient adherence is a major challenge for the successful management of any chronic disease, and ulcerative colitis (UC) is no exception. Patient adherence is closely related to patient preference of medication and formulation used.

AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate patient and physician perspectives around UC treatment preference.

METHODS: This study was conducted in France, Germany, Spain, and the UK. Physicians and UK inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) nurses answered an online questionnaire. In addition, adult mild-to-moderate UC patients, treated with oral mesalazine, were invited to answer a 30-min online survey which included a conjoint exercise.

RESULTS: 400 patients, 160 physicians, and 20 IBD nurses participated in the survey. 68% of patients were taking tablets and 32% granules. Physicians stated that from their perspective patients are more adherent to tablets than granules (76% vs. 24%), patients tended to have better relief of symptoms with tablets (69% vs. 31%), and patients found tablets to be the most convenient formulation (61% vs. 39%). From the patients' perspective, when questioned which formulation they prefer, 58% answered tablets, 37% granules, and 5% none of these. When patients were asked about some negative attributes of tablets, the highest agreement was for "I would like to take fewer each day" (6.1/10) and "I wish I could take fewer at a time" (5.4/10).

CONCLUSIONS: The majority of UC patients in this survey prefer the tablet formulation. A high strength tablet overcoming the high pill burden could be a good solution to address patient expectations.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInflammatory intestinal diseases
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)41-49
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2023


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