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Question 1 of 6

How are you feeling?

Let’s get things started. Remember, your answers are meant
to help you start an informed conversation with your doctor.


Most adults with UC agree that UC is mentally exhausting.

84% of Global Survey UC patients who were surveyed agreed that UC is mentally exhausting.*

*Result based on net responses (very well/somewhat well, agree/somewhat agree, etc.)

Question 2 of 6

Which of these best describes how
you are feeling about your UC?

Pick the 3 words that best fit how you are feeling about your UC right now.


More than half of UC patients felt they would be “more successful” if they didn’t have UC.

68% of UC patients from the Global Survey agreed they felt like they would be a “more successful person” if they did not have UC.*

*Result based on net responses (very well/somewhat well, agree/somewhat agree, etc.)

Question 3 of 6

What do you want to talk about
most during your appointment?

We know there are many things you’d like to discuss with your doctor
but very little time to do so. Pick what’s most important right now.


More than half of adults with UC agree that their UC controls their life.

65% of adults living with UC who were surveyed in the Global Survey agreed that they felt like their disease controls their life rather than them controlling their disease.

*Result based on net responses (very well/somewhat well, agree/somewhat agree, etc.)

Question 4 of 6

How often have UC symptoms affected your life
and everyday activities over the last month?

Make sure to really take a moment to think about this question. It’s important to keep track of your
symptoms and talk to your doctor truthfully if your UC is impacting your life on a regular basis.

UC Patients

UC patients estimate missing between 5 to 33 events a year.

On average, adults living with UC in the Global Survey estimated missing between five and 33 events (e.g., days of work or school, social events, travel plans, or child events) in the previous 12 months.

Question 5 of 6

What UC-related topics would you like
to discuss at your next appointment?

Ask your doctor and your healthcare team if you need more
specific UC support information — they are there to help.


UC patients often regret not saying more during appointments.

46% of UC patients in the Global Survey agreed they worried that if they ask too many questions, their GI will see them as a difficult patient and it will affect the quality of care they receive.

*Result based on net responses (very well/somewhat well, agree/somewhat agree, etc.)

Question 6 of 6

My long-term goals for managing my UC are:

It’s good to have goals, particularly when you set them up with your doctor. This list is
meant to get you started so don’t be afraid to throw some personal goals in the mix, too.


UC patients wished their GI better understood how UC impacts their mental health

30% of UC patients in the Global Survey wished that their gastroenterologist (GI) better understood how much UC impacts their mental health.

My Talking Uc snapshot summary

Now that you’ve organized your thoughts, it’s time to talk
to your doctor about how you can better manage your UC.

Talking Uc snapshot
One of my main concerns is:

One of the things I’d like to discuss with my doctor is:

One of my long-term goals includes:

Set a Reminder
Set a reminder for your appointment.

Have a doctor’s appointment coming up? Set a reminder in your calendar so you have your UC Snapshot handy when you talk to your doctor.


Prepare for your next appointment

Collaboration and communication are key.

Time with your gastroenterologist is limited and that is why it’s so important to prepare for your next appointment. Developed with the help of the UC Narrative Global Survey results, this tool can help bridge the gap in communication by helping enhance how doctors and patients communicate. You can use this tool to not only gather your thoughts before your next appointment but to also discover some of the highlights of the survey results.

Keep the conversation going

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and tips about living with UC.

Editorial Corner

At the end of the day, it’s much more than just improving today – it’s about creating a successful lifestyle.

Marla Dubinsky, MD

Meet our Talking UC board members

Creating an educational resource for the UC community, by the UC community.



Since her UC diagnosis in 2013, Laura
has been involved in various advocacy
efforts for the UC community.



Michele is an advanced practice nurse
specializing in inflammatory bowel
disease and has been working with the
UC community for 40 years.



Dr. Dubinsky is the chief of pediatric
gastroenterology and hepatology at
Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
She is also a professor at Icahn
School of Medicine.



Laurie is an academic and a health
psychologist specializing in the care
of patients with chronic digestive
diseases. She has been researching
and working with the UC
community for 14 years.

Advisory and Editorial Board members are compensated by Pfizer for their work on

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