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Assessing patient activation may help customize IBD interventions

January 26, 2018

Assessing patient activation may help customize IBD interventions

Patients with inflammatory bowel disease who showed high levels of “patient activation” were less likely to experience disease flare during follow-up, according to new research presented at the Crohn’s & Colitis Congress by Edward Barnes, MD, MPH assistant professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Investigators called on their colleagues to consider interventions to increase patient activation and potentially improve outcomes.

“Barnes and colleagues used a validated instrument called the Patient Activation Measure to assess patients’ levels of activation, which refers to their behavioral willingness to make changes,” said David T. Rubin, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Chicago.

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