Nutrition - Resources for Healthcare Providers

    Malnutrition is common in inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). The goals of nutrition therapy are to maintain or restore nutritional balance, manage GI symptoms, and possibly reduce inflammation. The resources provided here are designed to educate medical professionals on nutrition and IBD. Our education stems from the Foundation's IBD Qorus Quality of Care Program.

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    Virtual Preceptorship (Online Certified Case Modules)

    The Foundation's Virtual Preceptorship program is a multi-faceted virtual activity that seeks to enhance professional training in the diagnosis, treatment and management of IBD through interactive online certified activities that replicate the real-world experiences of a clinician in an interactive format.

    IBD IN CLINICAL PRACTICE: MALNUTRITION UPDATE FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS

    In this CME online activity, you will learn the importance of malnutrition for IBD patients and how to apply important elements of the Foundation’s IBD Nutrition Care Pathway - a tool that is useful for the screening, evaluation, intervention, and monitoring for patients with IBD and malnutrition.

    This activity is jointly provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, and RMEI Medical Education, LLC. This activity is supported by an independent medical educational grant from Luitpold Pharmaceuticals.

    For complete CME information, please here

    IBD IN CLINICAL PRACTICE FOR DIETITIANS: SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR MALNUTRITION IN IBD PATIENTS

    In this CDR online activity, you will learn the special nutritional needs and considerations for patients with IBD; identify and document malnutrition using a standardized set of diagnostic characteristics as recommended by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), and how to apply important elements of the Foundation’s IBD Nutrition Care Pathway --a tool that is useful for the screening, evaluation, intervention, and monitoring for patients with IBD and malnutrition.

    This activity is jointly provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, and RMEI Medical Education, LLC. This activity is supported by an independent medical educational grant from Luitpold Pharmaceuticals.

    For complete CME information, please here

    IBD IN CLINICAL PRACTICE: ANEMIA

    In this CME online activity you will learn how to apply important elements of the Foundation’s IBD Anemia Care Pathway -- a tool that is useful for the screening, evaluation, intervention, and follow up of patients with IBD and iron deficiency. Also in this activity you will hear a testimonial from Lyn, an IBD patient with iron deficiency, as she recounts interesting aspects of her history and treatments.

    This activity is jointly provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, and RMEI Medical Education, LLC. This activity is supported by an independent medical educational grant from Luitpold Pharmaceuticals.

    For complete CME information, please here

     

    Fact Sheets

    Fact Sheet: General Nutritional Considerations for IBD Patients

    A recent study from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation found that nearly 60% of those with IBD consider nutrition to be a very important part of their IBD management, yet very few are discussing diet with their healthcare providers. This guide is based on current evidence, taking into account important factors such as disease activity, disease location, surgical history, medication use, and bowel function. It provides current information on nutritional considerations for patients with IBD, including nutritional support, energy and protein goals, oral nutrition supplements and IBD drug-nutrient.

    Fact Sheet: Common Micronutrient Deficiencies in IBD

    Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) patients are at risk for micronutrient deficiencies as a result of active bowel inflammation, food avoidance, and medical or surgical treatments. The most common micronutrient deficiencies in IBD are listed in the table below. These deficiencies can increase risk for bone disease, cognitive decline, anemia, arterial and venous thromboembolism, poor growth, and other complications.

    Fact Sheet: Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s IBD Anemia Care Pathway

    Anemia is a common but under-recognized complication in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Despite published practice guidelines and quality measures for anemia in IBD, screening and management of anemia among IBD patients is suboptimal. In an effort to address this under-met need, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation initiated the development of an Anemia Care Pathway (ACP) for the purpose of standardizing clinical management of anemia.

     

     Foundation-led Research Studies

    Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs Regarding the Role of Nutrition in IBD Among Patients and Providers 

    Tinsley, A. MD, Ehrlich, O. MPH, et al. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases: October 2016 - Volume 22 - Issue 10 - p 2474–2481 Malnutrition is common in inflammatory bowel diseases. Identifying patients who are malnourished or at risk for malnutrition may lead to early intervention and improve patient outcomes. To date, little is known about the role of nutritional assessment and management in IBD care. The study evaluated knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs regarding nutrition in IBD among patients and providers.

    Assessment of Gaps in Care and the Development of a Care Pathway for Anemia in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

    Hou, J.K. et al. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases: January 2017 - Volume 23 - Issue 1 - p 35–43 Anemia is a common complication among patients with inflammatory bowel diseases and is associated with high rates of IBD-related complications, resource utilization, and impaired quality of life. Despite practice guidelines for anemia in patients with IBD, gaps remain in the perceptions of anemia among health care providers. The aims of this study were to identify gaps in care and to develop a care pathway for anemia in patients with IBD.

     

    DINE-CD

    The DINE-CD study seeks to compare the efficacy of two different dietary strategies to reduce symptoms and inflammation in Crohn's disease. The two diets being studied are the Mediterranean style diet and the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). Participants will be assigned to one of the two diets for a 12 week period.

    Video & Audio Podcasts

    Provide Optimal IBD Care with Nutrition Care Pathway
    Video

    This is a short educational video for healthcare providers and dietitians to learn about the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s IBD Nutrition Care Pathway – a tool that is used for the screening, evaluation, intervention, and monitoring for patients with IBD and malnutrition.

    Raise your IBD Nutritional Awareness
    Video

    This is a short educational video for healthcare providers and dietitians to learn about the significance of malnutrition in IBD care.

    Importance of Nutrition in Managing Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    Audio Podcast

    From the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's Take Steps Walk in Philadelphia, host Rhondell Domilici talks with Dr. Lindsey Albenberg, Gastroenterologist in the division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, about the value of enteral nutritional therapy in managing inflammatory bowel disease and how these dietary therapies work for patients who have IBD.

    Anemia Care for IBD Patients
    Audio Podcast

    Patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are at a greater risk of developing anemia, a common complication that affects their quality of life and is associated with high rates of other IBD-related complications. Host Laura Wingate, Vice President of Education, Support and Advocacy for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, chats with Dr. Jason Hou, Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology at Baylor College of Medicine about gaps in the importance of anemia management, diagnostics, and awareness for patients with IBD that continue to exist among healthcare providers.

     

    Patient/Caregiver Education


    Please share this webpage with your patients and their caregivers, which has comprehensive nutrition education information and resources. 

     


    IBD Nutrition Education Slides for Dietitians


    Educational IBD Nutrition Presentation Slides from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Symposium held in advance of the 2018 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™ (FNCE®)

    The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation held a two-hour symposium, “Navigating Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Using a Nutrition Care Pathway” in advance of FNCE® on October 20, 2018 in Washington D.C. Faculty included leading dietitian experts and a physician specializing in IBD nutrition. Objectives related to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s Nutrition Care Pathway, importance of the MD-RD partnership in caring for IBD patients, unique characteristics of IBD patients that meet malnutrition criteria, how IBD disease course and treatment impact the macronutrient and micronutrient needs in the IBD patient, and restoring nutritional balance

    **Note that this presentation file is for educational purposes only. Viewing of the file does not offer CPE credit. Alteration or reproductions of the presentation slide or file content is not permitted.

     

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