At the British Society of Gastroenterology Annual Meeting in Liverpool in June 2016, a poster was presented by a team from King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. They described the results of their recent pilot study with IBD patients performing faecal calprotectin home testing using the calprotectin self-testing kit IBDoc®.
Home-testing of faecal calprotectin using the IBDoc™ system: a comparative pilot study.
Heather Parr, Polychronis Pavlidis, Lucy Medcalf, Lee Meng Choong, Guy Chung-Faye, Patrick Dubois, Bu’Hussain Hayee
There was reasonable uptake and adherence to a demanding testing regimen (more frequent testing than might be required in routine clinical care) with 85% of respondents preferring the IBDoc™ test over other methods.
While this is a promising and popular technology, further studies are warranted to correlate results to clinical outcomes and gauge workload impact, in a treatment pathway.