IBD patients face variation in care

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients continue to face wide variations in care provision, a UK audit shows.

The second national audit of services for patients with IBD found there had been some improvements since the last audit in 2006, including better provision of prophylactic heparin.

However, a number of areas of services remain very poor, the report says. These include toilet facilities and provision of psychological support.

Dr Jonathan Potter, clinical director of the Royal College of Physicians’ Clinical Effectiveness and Evaluation Unit, commented: ‘All providers and commissioners of services for people with IBD must take note of these findings and determine how local services can be improved to meet the recommendations within the national IBD standards.’


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