The care team at McMaster Children’s Hospital wanted to identify & manage those patients whose outcomes were at risk due to the psychosocial interplay between lifestyle and IBD
Lifestyle and overall health have a significant impact on long-term outcomes for adolescents with chronic disease (1). One such chronic disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), a condition characterized by recurring chronic inflammation of the digestive tract, is particularly susceptible to psychosocial stressors (2). The care team at McMaster Children’s Hospital wanted to identify & manage those patients whose outcomes were at risk due to the psychosocial interplay between lifestyle and IBD. While they had a psychologist on their team there was no mechanism for identifying those at risk, and staff depended on patients self-identifying to access psychological care. The team was concerned that the lack of comprehensive data to consistently assess the emotional and social issues in their population was impeding their ability to make objective care decisions at the clinical level and to determine their resource utilization for psychological support at an operational level.
Authors: Isseman, R. and Odeh, S.V. McMaster Children’s Hospital, Hamilton ON, Canada. Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University, Hamilton ON, Canada.
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