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Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas

versión impresa ISSN 1130-0108


CASELLAS, F.; FONTANET, G.; BORRUEL, N.  y  MALAGELADA, J. R.. The opinion of patients with inflammatory bowel disease on healthcare received. Rev. esp. enferm. dig. [online]. 2004, vol.96, n.3, pp.174-184. ISSN 1130-0108.

Backgrounds and aim: an item to consider in analyzing a healthcare model for a population group suffering from chronic disease is necessary health-care resources, their use, and their rating by endusers. Regarding inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), healthcare resources used by patients are numerous and varied, and yet they have been never assessed. Design: an anonymous self-rated questionnaire has been developed with 24 basic questions on overall disease, who is monitoring the patient, how are visits scheduled, need for urgent care, patient view on how control may be improved, etc. This questionnaire was sent to 393 patients who were asked to fill it out and then return it by mail. Results: two hundred and thirty-seven patients returned a filled-out questionnaire. Most patients were followed up in a hospital, and only 8.8% were being monitored by a general practitioner or area specialist. Ninety-two percent of patients reported visits were routinely scheduled irrespective of clinical status, and 79.6% of patients reported having occasionally presented to an emergency department, because of not knowing what to do or due to having no other resources available in 25.2% of times. This entails that 38% of visits to an emergency unit may be prevented with a better understanding of disease or by means of a phone call. Thirty percent of patients reported that current healthcare is inadequate in terms of contents, form, or waiting time. In all, 97.8% of patients feel that information and knowledge on their disease would help in its control, and 69.6% consider that adequate information would allow them to initiate a proper treatment before visiting their doctor. Family care is another poorly lookedafter aspect that 74.6% of subjects believe would be of help in controlling their disease. Conclusions: overall, the opinion of patients with IBD on healthcare received is good; however, a number of deficiencies were detected, as is the case with insufficient information, care of family members, and healthcare resources accessibility/agility.

Palabras clave : Health care; Information resources; Inflammatory bowel disease; Ulcerative colitis; Crohn's disease.

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