BSG Conference: The Patient Symposium

Last week I went to part of a gastroenterology conference: the symposium for patients.

This was organised by the British Society of Gastroenterology. I’ve never been to one before, and this was a particularly interesting experience. There were – literally – hundreds of medics around the conference centre, and about 60 people attending the patients seminar. Not all these were coeliacs, though Coeliac UK were there: some were Crohn’s sufferers, and others had IBS. Some (like me) weren’t patients at all, but were there out of interest, or representing a patient. I sat next to a dietician who was there as part of her professional development, which I was delighted to see. She told me that she’d been astonished to learn how variable the dietician service-offering was across the country. Where she’d worked, they had offered three-monthly checkups initially, until people got the hang of the gluten free diet, but in some places – as we know – people are offered much less than that.

I took copious notes, which I’ll try and decipher for you over the next few days, on each of these four topics:

  • Food intolerance in daily life: what’s it due to and what can you do about it?
    • Speaker was: Prof D S Sanders from Sheffield
  • Food and mood: how what you eat can change the way you feel
    • Speaker was: Prof N Read from London
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic challenges: coeliac disease as a cause of IBS symptoms and new approaches to treatment

    • Speaker was: Prof R Anderson from Melbourne, Australia
  • Psychosocial aspects of coeliac disease: can coeliac disease affect quality of life?

    • Speaker was: Dr R Howard from Birmingham

There was also a lively Q&A session at the end – and here my notes got very rough, but I’ll see what I can do!

I know I haven’t told you what I learnt yet, but I can tell you this: if you get the chance to go to one of these, take it. There was plenty of opportunity to ask questions, and the spearkers were clear, entertaining and informative.

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Lucy is the mother of a coeliac, and has been managing a gluten free diet for her daughter for 20 years - though, to be fair, she does do most of it herself now...

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  1. The above points states that their is lot of impact of food on humans life. Therefore we have to take proper balance diet to avoid digestion related problems. Such type of conferences are really needed to doctors for useful treatment in patient related digestion.

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