eCase Challenge: Effective Diagnosis and Management of IBD: Improving Care Practices and Patient Outcomes


Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a complex inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract with unclear etiology that is thought to be related to genetic, environmental, immune, and physiological factors. This umbrella term encompasses both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. While the management of patients with IBD is generally directed by a gastroenterologist, primary care clinicians play an important role in disease identification, management, and screening for associated conditions. Specifically, primary care clinicians should be involved in the identification of patients with possible IBD, including expediting a diagnostic work-up and referral, understanding treatment options, and monitoring for effects of the disease. Although these aspects of care are complex and challenging, education on these topics is a critical first step in providing quality care for patients with IBD. This online 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, participants should be able to:

  • Accurately assess patients with symptoms that may indicate a diagnosis of IBD and proceed with appropriate initial diagnostic studies
  • Apply knowledge of treatment guidelines to considerations for therapy selection and management of patients presenting with disease flares
  • Monitor and manage IBD patients appropriately for important comorbidities and extraintestinal manifestations and provide screening as indicated by evidence-based guidelines

Acknowledgment of Commercial Support

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.