eCase Challenge #1: Updates in the Objective Diagnosis and Evidence-Based Management of IBD

The important role of PAs in patient care continues to grow. With recent increases in the number of patients entering the healthcare system, the role that PAs play in patient care is most certainly magnified. IBD, an umbrella term comprising Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC), is a chronic relapsing-remitting condition characterized by persistent inflammation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Because of its chronicity, the need for increased medical visits, and associated comorbidities, patients with IBD have impaired physical and social/professional wellbeing. PAs caring for patients with IBD require educational programs to evaluate patients and identify differential diagnoses, understand treatment goals and manage IBD flares, and screen for and manage key comorbidities. Through the tactical combination of online and print formats, this program will appeal to various learning styles and allow participants to reinforce their knowledge and acquire new skills that can immediately be applied to clinical practice.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the PA should be better able to:
 
  • Accurately assess patients with suspected IBD and provide appropriate referrals to GI specialists
  • Apply knowledge of updated classification and treatment guidelines to support the proper treatment of patients with IBD
  • Monitor and manage IBD patients appropriately for important comorbidities

Acknowledgement of Commercial Support


Supported by an independent educational grant from Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.