The Role of an Inflammatory Bowel Disease Nurse in the Follow-Up of Patients from a Latin American Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program

Daniela Simian, Lilian Flores, Rodrigo Quera, Patricio Ibáñez, Carolina Figueroa, Jaime Lubascher, Gonzalo Pizarro, Udo Kronberg

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Abstract

Inflammatory bowel disease requires long-Term treatment to maintain disease control. Favorable follow-up of patients indicates attention from a multidisciplinary team, in which the nurse's responsibilities have great importance. The aim of this observational, descriptive study was to describe the role of an inflammatory bowel disease nurse in the management of patients in a tertiary center in Chile, including all patients in follow-up between January 2016 and April 2017. Inflammatory bowel disease nurse contacts were recorded and classified. Demographic data, clinical variables, and patient satisfaction were also analyzed. A total of 597 patients (51%) were in follow-up over the 16-month period; 63% had ulcerative colitis, with a median age of 35 years. The inflammatory bowel disease nurse performed 760 contacts in 253 patients (42% of the follow-up patients). The most frequent nurse interventions were reinforcement of medical indications (42%), assessment of laboratory results (17%), and disease follow-up (12%); 49% related to education. Nurse interventions were focused in more severely ill patients; flares during the follow-up, biological therapy, immunomodulators, and steroids were all statistically significant. Of a sample of 107 patients surveyed, 96% perceived the inflammatory bowel disease program as excellent/good. The inflammatory bowel disease nurse plays an important role in the follow-up and management, specifically in education, of more severely ill patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E16-E23
JournalGastroenterology Nursing
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes

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