Involving Patients in IBD Management Process Can Improve Overall Care, Study Finds

Involving Patients in IBD Management Process Can Improve Overall Care, Study Finds
Management and healthcare of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can be a very difficult task. According to a German study, development of activities that involve the patient in the disease management process can improve overall patient care. These findings were reported in the study titled, “Quality of care in inflammatory bowel disease: results of a prospective controlled cohort study in Germany (NETIBD),” featured in the journal Clinical and Experimental Gastroenterology. IBD is a very complex disease that can affect several aspects in a patient's health and life. Current guidelines recommend comprehensive and problem-oriented care to manage the wide spectrum of problems implicated. But his can be a very demanding task for healthcare practitioners. Multidisciplinary teams and clinical centers have been identified as the best response for improved IBD patient care. But the current German healthcare system cannot be included in such categories. Indeed, it is a complex system and poorly integrated. If a patient presents clinical symptoms of IBD in a general practitioner consultation in Germany, it will then be referred to a specialist in a gastroenterology practice. In this situation, if the case requires highly specialized care including immunosuppressants or bi
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