Access to Specialist Care Can Reduce Emergency Department Visits

Dr. Geoffrey Nguyen from the University of Toronto, Shelley Bouchard, RN from Mount Sinai Hospital, and Dr. Christina Diong, Senior Research Analyst at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES),  examined the increasing number of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) related emergency department (ED) visits in Ontario, Canada.    

They found insufficient access to outpatient IBD patient specialist care contributes to the rising rate of IBD-related visits to the ED. Based on the findings, they recommend strategies focused on improving access to specialist care to reduce patients’ use of emergency services for IBD. 
This study was published in the Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis. You can read it here (abstract only). Access to Specialists and Emergency Department Visits in Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Population-Based Study   

This research is part of the Crohn’s and Colitis Canada PACE Network, Canada’s first national network of IBD Centres of Excellence working to address gaps in care for people living with Crohn’s and colitis. Learn more

  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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