Module B: Assessment & Associated Conditions

CE Credits: 1.75

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The options for diagnosing different kinds of inflammatory bowel disease have widened in recent years, offering health professionals more ways to help patients, and presenting new challenges. First, this module details the different symptoms of both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, and how the medical workups are both similar to (and a little different from) each other—and what other illnesses can be associated with such symptoms. Next, the module looks at the challenges in diagnosing CD and UC, given the variables in age and nature of symptoms, as well as the most common diagnostic tests—from blood tests to endoscopy and MRI. Next, the module examines the unique risks and considerations for patients in terms of pregnancy and other complications—such as abscesses, cancer and even complications including liver problems and joint pain.

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Learning objectives: After completing this module the case manager will be able to:
» Review the key elements of medical assessment
» Discuss the critical need to establish a timely and accurate diagnosis
» Describe diagnostic testing and interpretation
» Identify issues associated with pregnancy
» Discuss complications and comorbidities

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Advance your professional practice:: Patients with IBD have the best outcomes when they get early diagnosis and intervention, before they suffer added complications or damage due to their illness. When case managers understand the nuances in diagnosing these diseases, we can help provide targeted, efficient care for patients.

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Improve organizational performance: Patients with undiagnosed and untreated IBD are at increased risk for serious complications and hospitalizations. When the entire transdisciplinary team understands the wide range of symptoms and distinctions between the illnesses, we can intervene in the most efficient way to help patients continue treatment and achieve remission on an outpatient basis.