Inflammatory bowel disease: Treatment and management

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a chronic condition which causes inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract.

The two predominant disorders are Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, which have both common and distinct clinical and pathological features.

There is currently no treatment for IBD, and aetiology and pathogenesis of the disease remains elusive. Consequently, disease management consists of long-term therapeutic care.

Epidemiologic data has shown that IBD is increasingly becoming more prevalent, complex, and severe.

An audit report conducted in 2013 with regards to IBD care in Australia has identified key problems in patient treatment management including inadequate and inconsistent medical care.

These issues are currently being addressed with the introduction of 6 Standards of Care to be employed as a benchmark for IBD care.

This module discusses IBD clinical features, pathogenesis, disease management, and the recommended IBD Standards of Care.

It also provides a synopsis of available treatments and their modes of action.

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At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Identify the clinical features of IBD.
  • Identify the 5 therapeutic categories used to treat inflammation, induce remission, and/or maintain remission.
  • Understand IBD treatment management, including identifying side effects.
  • Understand issues in the hospital setting for IBD patients.
  • Know the recommended IBD Standards of Care.

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