Smoothing the Course of IBD
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, is a chronic, often debilitating, lifelong condition. Primary care providers need to know how to distinguish IBD from ...
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, is a chronic, often debilitating, lifelong condition. Primary care providers need to know how to distinguish IBD from other gastrointestinal disorders (GI) and when to refer patients to GI specialists for a more detailed workup and treatment. Ideally, care of the patient with IBD should be co-managed by a GI and a primary care provider. This educational program is designed to help primary care providers recognize the manifestations of IBD and make timely referrals to specialists while continuing to oversee the patient’s general health. It is also designed to acquaint clinicians with the spectrum of available treatments for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, including newer biologic agents.
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be better able to:Recognize the manifestations of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and make the diagnosis on a timely basis, differentiating it from irritable bowel syndrome and other gastrointestinal disorders commonly seen in primary care practiceMake timely referrals of IBD patients to specialist care while continuing to oversee the general health of the patient, using an approach based on shared decision-making and multidisciplinary collaborationDescribe the benefits and side effects of newer IBD therapies, including biologics, and their role in a comprehensive treatment plan
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