The future – Diverticular disease research

We're delighted to announce that in 2022, we aim to launch a brand new Priority Setting Partnership for diverticular disease!

Guts UK has ongoing Priority Setting Partnerships (PSP) into pancreatitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). These projects help decide the top 10 research priorities for a health condition. Learn more about what a PSP is below, and why we feel it is so crucial to fund a PSP into diverticulosis, diverticular disease and diverticulitis.

If you or a loved one has diverticular disease, you will finally be able to have your say! Make sure you don’t miss out on telling us what research you’d like to see into diverticular disease. Scroll to the bottom of this page and leave your name and email address.

What is a PSP?

The James Lind Alliance (JLA) helps set up PSPs for a wide range of diseases. The purpose of a PSP is to identify and prioritise the unanswered questions for certain medical conditions, or areas of health.

The process of a PSP brings together patients, carers, doctors, nurses, scientists, researchers, dietitians and other health professionals, all with an equal voice. Together, they will decide the top ten research priorities for their condition.

Why is Guts UK funding a PSP for diverticular disease?

Our guts have been underfunded and undervalued for decades. A PSP has never before been completed into diverticular disease or diverticulitis. It’s time we change that. Guts UK is proud to initiate this huge step forward for this misunderstood condition.

  • What is diverticular disease?

‘Diverticulosis’ is when pouches are formed along the bowel wall. Most of the time, these pouches are completely harmless. Sometimes, they can cause symptoms for people, which is referred to as ‘diverticular disease’. When these pouches become infected or inflamed, they are referred to as‘diverticulitis’.

  • How many people have diverticular disease?

This affects 1 in 3 to 1 in 2 people in the UK in their lifetime.

How can this PSP change future diverticular disease research in the UK?

Diverticular disease is a misunderstood and underfunded condition.

We hope this PSP will ignite a change in attitudes, and lead to increased research funding for diverticular disease in the UK.

Every single person who wants to have their say in the future of diverticular disease research in the UK will get their chance to do so.

Helen West, Guts UK’s Patient / Public Involvement & Engagement Officer will be sending updates about the PSP, including timings and when you can expect to be involved by email. For updates and your opportunity to have your say, sign up below.

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