The Role of IBD Nurses and Building Relationships

Learn about IBD nursing education in Canada, the critical roles that nurses play within a multidisciplinary approach to IBD health care, and how patients and caregivers can build a therapeutic relationship with nurses for people with Crohn's or colitis. 

Usha Chauhan, Adult Nurse Practitioner (NP), Digestive Disease Clinic at Hamilton Health Sciences.



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  • 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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