Quality of care in inflammatory bowel diseases: What is the best way to better outcomes?

Matthew Strohl, Lorant Gonczi, Zsuzsanna Kurt, Talat Bessissow, Peter L. Lakatos

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Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a lifelong, progressive disease that has disabling impacts on patient's lives. Given the complex nature of the diagnosis of IBD and its management there is consequently a large economic burden seen across all health care systems. Quality indicators (QI) have been created to assess the different façades of disease management including structure, process and outcome components. Their development serves to provide a means to target and measure quality of care (QoC). Multiple different QI sets have been published in IBD, but all serve the same purpose of trying to achieve a standard of care that can be attained on a national and international level, since there is still a major variation in clinical practice. There have been many recent innovative developments that aim to improve QoC in IBD including telemedicine, home biomarker assessment and rapid access clinics. These are some of the novel advancements that have been shown to have great potential at improving QoC, while offloading some of the burden that IBD can have vis-a-vis emergency room visits and hospital admissions. The aim of the current review is to summarize and discuss available QI sets and recent developments in IBD care including telemedicine, and to give insight into how the utilization of these tools could benefit the QoC of IBD patients. Additionally, a treatingto- target structure as well as evidence surrounding aggressive management directed at tighter disease control will be presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2363-2372
Number of pages10
JournalWorld journal of gastroenterology
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - Jun 14 2018


  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Quality indicators
  • Quality of care
  • Telemedicine
  • Treat-to-target

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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