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Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas

versión impresa ISSN 1130-0108


HERRERIAS GUTIERREZ, J. M. et al. Results of a survey about specific inflammatory bowel disease units in Andalusia. Rev. esp. enferm. dig. [online]. 2009, vol.101, n.3, pp.187-191. ISSN 1130-0108.

Background: inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has become one of the most prevalent pathologies in Gastroenterology Units, which added to its clinical outcome, treatment, the complexity of affected patients and the need to be continuously updated for the correct management of the disease, have made essential the presence of specific IBD units in each hospital. Objectives: the primary aims of this study were: a) to reveal the existence of these units in our area and how they work; and b) to draw conclusions regarding the necessary resources in these units and their aims. Material and methods: In order to analyse the presence of these specialized units and the available resources in Andalusian hospitals, a 24-question survey was designed, being answered by 11 hospitals. The evaluated questions included the number of days patients are attended and the number of physicians attending the unit, the number of available healthcare assistants, if emergencies are attended or not, if there is an activated telephone number for patient consultation, if a day care unit is available and if new treatments are easily accessible. Results: a specific IBD unit is present in all studied hospitals attending more than 11 patients each, although in the 63.4% of the cases patients are not attended more than 3 days per week. On the other hand, the 81.8% of the included hospitals attend emergencies although only the 54.5% of them had a specific telephone number for patient attendance. Conclusions: a specific IBD unit is present in many Andalusian hospitals, although some deficiencies can be observed. The general opinion of this Group is that these units are necessary in order to properly attend, monitorize and treat patients affected by IBD.

Palabras clave : Inflammatory bowel disease; IBD Unit; Croh's disease; Ulcerative colitis.

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