NEW YORK, Sept. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Patients living with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) may be at greater
"Malnutrition is common in IBD patients yet little is known about best practices for nutritional assessment and management in IBD care," said Dr. Caroline Hwang, gastroenterologist at the University of Southern California's Digestive Health Center and CCFA's nutrition project lead. "To better understand the role nutrition plays in IBD management, we set out to evaluate knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs regarding nutrition among IBD patients and care providers."
The study analyzed survey responses from 223 providers (gastroenterologists, nurses and nurse practitioners, and registered dietitians) and 567 patients; and learnings from focus groups of patients and providers conducted in New York, Chicago, and Seattle. Specifically, the results highlighted:
The study recommends that targeted educational initiatives and care resources be developed; nutrition specialists be integrated into the multidisciplinary IBD care team; and access and affordability to qualified nutrition services be improved.
In response to the study, CCFA is launching a Healthy Nourishment in IBD Program that will work within the framework of CCFA's innovative IBD Qorus™ (a quality of care initiative). IBD Qorus is a groundbreaking collaboration between patients and their healthcare providers that will lead to enhanced patient health outcomes for those living with IBD. It is developing a Nutritional Care Pathway which:
"The learnings from this study reinforce the importance of creating programs around nutrition to optimize the quality of life and outcomes of patients with IBD," said Alandra Weaver, Director of IBD Qorus.
About the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of AmericaThe Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is the largest non-profit, voluntary, health organization dedicated to finding cures for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). CCFA's mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults who suffer from these diseases. The Foundation works to fulfill its mission by funding research; providing educational resources for patients and their families, medical professionals, and the public; and furnishing supportive services for those afflicted with IBD. For more information visit www.ccfa.org, call 888-694-8872, or email email@example.com.
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SOURCE Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America
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