Surgery vs Medical


Surgeons and Gastroenterologists joined forces yesterday at The Royal College of Surgeons in a Patient and Public Involvement Day aimed at helping to devise a unique research study.

Twenty patient experts attended and were able to provide the necessary refereeing of the two heavyweight representatives fighting their respective corners from the upper GI and lower GI schools of medicine.

When the contest was over – luckily there was only one winner and that, you will be pleased to hear was the voice of the patient.

The referee’s decision, as they say, is final.

This crucial study will look at working out the best treatment for patients with Crohn’s disease affecting the junction between the small bowel (ileum) and the large bowel (colon). Both medical treatments and operations on the bowel are currently used, but no-one knows which is better, or which types of patients will benefit from each of these treatments.

The research team is being led by Professor Steven Brown, Consultant Surgeon, and Professor Alan Lobo, Consultant Gastroenterologist, who are both based in Sheffield. Other clinicians and trainee doctors have also been involved in developing the research plan, as well as specialist researchers from the Sheffield Clinical Trials Unit.

Steve Brown commented during the day that;

The great thing about being involved in research trials is that you get to focus on the level of care that is being provided and often by default this can lead to improvements in patient care”

The research team have been assisted throughout by two experienced patient representatives, Azmina Verjee and Sue Blackwell who are both members of patient support charities.

This Patient and Public Involvement day was proudly supported by the Bowel Disease Research Foundation and in attendance was the charities’ Chief Executive, Peter Rowbottom;

“Bowel Disease, in any of its many forms is pretty nasty and often very painful. Research into improving treatments that lead to better outcomes for patients is what we as a charity are all about.

It was superb to see collaboration across the gastroenterological and the colorectal spectrum along with patients at the very heart of the discussions”.

If you would like to learn more about how you can get involved in future Patient and Public Involvement sessions please do contact Bowel Disease Research Foundation directly.

These crucial research sessions require a huge amount of work to put together so our thanks go to the whole team of researchers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make this happen.

Lastly, the patients – huge thank you to you all for attending, from far and wide across the U.K – without your efforts, none of this would have been possible.

We await excitedly for further developments in this research study and look forward to future collaborations -the final bell has definitely not been rung just yet.