Disease-specific self-efficacy in the eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders

Sarah Ballou, Tiffany Taft, Laurie Keefer

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Eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders (EGIDs) are chronic inflammatory conditions with increasing global prevalence. Self-efficacy is important for patients€™ ability to manage chronic disease. We sought to evaluate disease-specific self-efficacy in the EGIDs via a modified version of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Self-Efficacy Scale (IBD-SES). Ninety-one Participants reported demographic, clinical, and psychosocial variables. The IBD-SES demonstrated excellent reliability and validity in this population. Self-efficacy was higher in men, patients with less severe disease, and those who had consulted a dietitian. The IBD-SES is a useful measure of disease-specific self-efficacy in the EGIDs. Further research is necessary to understand the role of self-efficacy in the management of these illnesses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1027-1036
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number8
StatePublished - 4 Aug 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • adults
  • chronic illness
  • eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders
  • perceived control
  • self-efficacy


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