Objective We aim to provide an accurate and contemporary measurement of the current healthcare resource utilisation in people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD); namely ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn's disease (CD). We also aim to provide estimates of infection incidence in this population and the prevalence of common mental health conditions.
Method We will identify UC and CD using algorithms validated for accurately identifying these conditions from primary care records in the United Kingdom (UK). We will identify a prevalent cohort of adults with IBD with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Research and Surveillance Centre (RSC) network over the last decade. We will identify a matched cohort of people without IBD; matched on age, gender and primary care practice. Across these cohorts we will compare healthcare resource utilisation (primary care attendances, number of primary care prescriptions for antidepressant and anxiolytic medications, number of primary care prescriptions for medications used in IBD, recorded secondary care attendances, and issue of statements of fitness for work), incident infections (any common infection, any viral infection, or any gastrointestinal infection), and common mental health conditions (depression and anxiety).