Providing Our Fellows in Training with Education on Inflammatory Bowel Disease Health Maintenance to Improve the Quality of Care in Our Health Care System

Ann Joo Lee, Dale F. Kraemer, Carmen Smotherman, Emely Eid

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Background: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) quality measures were established in an effort to standardize IBD health care. Despite effort to improve clinical performance, considerable variations in practice still exist. To further improve IBD health care, we propose incorporating an in-service educational session on IBD health maintenance to provide trainees with increasing awareness and knowledge on IBD management. Methods: Fifty electronic medical charts were randomly selected, and the level of quality documentation was assessed for 15 core IBD quality measures. Data were reported as the percentage of charts meeting audit criteria (compliance score). Fellows then attended an in-service educational session to review IBD quality measures and reinforce practice expectations. A second audit was then performed on an additional 50 patient charts to determine whether documentation practices improved after the educational session. Results: We found a positive correlation between an in-service educational session and fellows' compliance with IBD health maintenance. Overall, the fellows' compliance score increased by 18% (before intervention, 65%; after intervention, 83%; P < 0.0001). The intervention was equally beneficial irrespective of training level. Although the magnitude of improvement was comparable, the mean compliance score was highest in year 2 at 81% (year 1: 72% [P 0.019] and year 3: 70% [P 0.002]). Fellows expressed a high degree of satisfaction with the educational intervention and emphasized the value in reviewing the conceptual bases for IBD health maintenance. Conclusion: Incorporating a standard curriculum on IBD health maintenance provides fellows in training with increased awareness and guidance on managing the unique preventive care needs of patients with IBD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-193
Number of pages7
JournalInflammatory Bowel Diseases
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


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  • complications of inflammatory bowel disease
  • osteoporosis of inflammatory bowel disease
  • outcomes research/measurements
  • psychosocial aspects of inflammatory bowel disease
  • quality of life in inflammatory bowel disease
  • smoking/nicotine in inflammatory bowel disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Gastroenterology


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