Many IBD Patients, Providers Lack Nutrition Knowledge, Study Says

Many IBD Patients, Providers Lack Nutrition Knowledge, Study Says
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) has studied patients living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and found significant knowledge gaps about nutritional care. Some studies show that up to 80% of all Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC) patients may be malnourished due to chronic inflammation, disease symptoms and medication, among others. The CCFA published a study in the September issue of IBD Journal that reports IBD patients might be at greater risk of being malnourished. This CCFA study showed that care providers and patients often do not talk about the importance of nutrition in managing their diseases. In addition to focus groups of patients and providers conducted in New York, Chicago and Seattle, the study assessed 223 responses from healthcare providers of several specialties, including gastroenterology, nursing and nutrition, as well as 567 responses from patients. The project team reported the following:
  • About 58.5% of patients responded that nutrition was "very important" to manage IBD, but only 36% of patients said they talked on a regular basis with any healthcare provider about nutrition.
  • Less than 50% of all providers considered they had enough adequate nutritional care resources to assist patients and guide discussions regarding their IBD-specific diets.
  • Merely 16% of nurses and nurse practitioners reported having a "very good" knowledge of nutrition for IBD patients, in compari
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