FRUSTRATIONS OF IBD
FRUSTRATIONS OF IBD
Check out this article about the numerous barriers patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) face in trying to obtain the care they deserve.
“Communication challenges between patients and physicians, including lack of holistic support, particularly psych-social assistance, and diagnostic delays are all problems for IBD patients, according to an analysis of focus group discussions reported by Courtney Heisler, MSc, of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at the Crohn’s & Colitis Congress.”
The current healthcare system’s design doesn’t take the patient into account, Heisler noted. “Incorporation of the patient voice is paramount to understanding and improve access to IBD care. Rapid access to specialty IBD care can translate into reductions in diagnostic delays, disease-related complications, and other negative health outcomes,” she continued.
Other issues raised in the discussions included that patients often feel their thoughts are dismissed and that they become dependent on clinicians. In addition, care is not sufficiently holistic or integrated….
These qualitative findings also highlighted methods for overcoming these barriers like readily available nutritional and psychiatric help, healthcare navigation resources that provide liaison and continuity, providing holistic care in clinical practice, and engaging in more patient advocacy, said Heisler.”
Comprehensive Gastrointestinal Health was created exactly for the purpose of surmounting these barriers and PROVIDING HOLISTIC CARE for patients with IBD. We combine:
- A community gastroenterologist with significant IBD experience and expertise who LISTENS to a patient’s concerns and preferences and is open minded regarding all facets of treatment options
- A registered dietitian to address the complex nutritional needs of IBD patients
- A behavioral coach/counselor to help with coping skills, stress management, and techniques like cognitive behavioral therapy and gut-directed hypnotherapy for the frequently superimposed functional or IBS component of symptoms
- A nurse practitioner who is easily accessible for prompt communication and rapid appointment availability (as well as three wonderful nurses to help out!)